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I have worked at a private physician practice number of

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I have worked at a private physician practice for a number of years. The practice was recently acquired by a large nonprofit religious healthcare organization. As a condition of employment, we are required to submit to a health screening. This includes a questionnaire regarding my health history, including info regarding communicable diseases. This questionnaire asks if I have an known fertility problems, ear,nose and throat issues, cancer, anemia, sinus trouble, night sweats,high blood pressure, heart disease etc. it also asks that I authorize my complete medical records to be released to them and to list any and all hospitalizations and physicians that I have seen in the past 5 years. If I don't sign this document or authorize the release of my records, I will forfeit my employment.
Is this legal, don't I have a right to my healthcare privacy under hipaa?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for the information and your question. Although HIPAA does provide certain privacy protections, it is not absolute. In other words, as long as the questionnaire an employee is required to complete at employment or after does not ask for genetic information (including family medical history) and the health information is not used to deny, restrict, or delay eligibility or benefits, or to determine individual premiums it is lawful for the employer to ask for the information and to make the completion a condition of employment. But again, they cannot discriminate against the employee in any way or deny coverage, etc., based on the responses and must protect the information by ensuring that only those with a need to know, usually the health plan administrator, has access to the information. Otherwise, they would violate HIPAA and privacy laws.

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Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.

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