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Under HIPAA privacy rules, a healthcare provider should not provide private information with your family or friends unless they are your representatives (such as your guardian).
However, the provider or plan can share your information with family or friends if:
They are involved in your health care or payment for your health care,
You tell the provider or plan that it can do so,
You do not object to sharing of the information, or
If, using its professional judgment, a provider or plan believes that you do not object.
So, for example, it would not be a HIPAA violation if your family was going to be taking care of you, and the doctor/hospital said something like "He developed CHF. as a result of drug use, and it is going to take time for him to recover at home, and he'll need your help with that."If you believe the hospital/doctor/nurses violated your privacy rights, you can file a complaint against them with the Office for Civil Rights. The OCR can take corrective action against the provider, such as a fine/sanction. Filing a HIPAA complaint however will not provide you any type of financial remedy.You could also look into filing a civil suit against the doctor/hospital for something like invasion of privacy.If you need clarification about my answer or additional information, please use the SEND or REPLY button to continue our conversation. Your satisfaction is my goal and I am here to help!Please remember to kindly leave a positive rating for me by clicking on the stars, as that is the only way experts are paid for their time even though you may have already paid a deposit to the site. Follow-up questions asked in this thread do not cost anything additional after leaving a positive rating. Thank you!
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