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I was at a dental office and the hygienist told me that

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I was at a dental office and the hygienist told me that years ago she had a patient at another office who is a coworker of mine. She did not disclose any info about my coworker except that she used to be a patient. the dentist reprimanded her in front of me for violating hippa. I am wondering if this is truly a violation
Submitted: 29 days ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Thelawman2 replied 29 days ago.

Hello, my name is ***** ***** I will be helping you today.

Yes, this would be a violation of HIPAA. A person's name is ***** ***** health information and revealing it is prohibited. There are some circumstances where disclosing a person's name is ***** ***** violation (for instance, using someone's full name in a waiting room in a small town). However, calling out someone's full name in a waiting room where people would not normally know each other would probably be considered a HIPAA violation.

Customer: replied 29 days ago.
the hippa laws follow an employee even after they have left a job and taken a new position elsewhere
Expert:  Thelawman2 replied 29 days ago.

Yes

Expert:  Thelawman2 replied 29 days ago.

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