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HIPAA privacy: The wrongdoers’ friend?

Charles Ornstein says he is hearing about more cases of health care organizations using the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) patient privacy rules as a shield against investigations.

Ornstein, a reporter, cites stories involving two nursing homes as well as the more widely publicized stories about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ use of HIPAA. He argues in a blog posted on the ProPublica.org website, that the organizations using HIPAA in that way are twisting its meaning.

HIPAA itself has specific provisions that let police officers look into allegations of crimes and whistleblowers tell government agencies about possible problems.

—Allison Bell
<p>A blogger says organizations are distorting the meaning of the law to protect their own interests.</P

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