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I am not even sure at this point, accept my medical records have now gone to people and lawyers and insurance companies without my ok, without me being notified .. this can not be undone and I am very upset and not sure what to do about this.
Hello again, Pamela.This certainly does sound like a HIPAA violation since your confidential medical information was disclosed to others by a medical provider without your authorization.The HIPAA statute does not provide for a private cause of action though by patients, although there are significant penalties that can be assessed against the medical provider who violated the statute.Here is a link to file a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services, who can take action against the medical provider who released the information without your consent:http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/You could potentially file suit against the provider for invasion of privacy as well if you have suffered damages due to the improper release of information. You should retain a local health law attorney for that though, if you wish to pursue that option. The attorney would normally work to limit any damages to you as well by requesting that the copies sent out be returned/destroyed so no further publication can occur. It is impossible to undo damage that has been done normally, but the attorney can work to limit your injuries, as can the Dept. of H&HS if you file a complaint with that federal agency by requiring that the medical provider who disclosed the information retrieve that which was improperly disclosed. You may even wish to contact the medical provider who can voluntarily take action to limit damages to you as well.
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