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confidentiality breach?

I took two friends with...

I took two friends with me to my ultrasound...the nurse walks into the room and starts to reveal some very private medical history.....confidentiality breach?

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Thank you for using JustAnswer. I am JudgeLaw and I will do whatever I can to answer your question and provide you excellent service.

I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I can understand your distress, but I believe I have information you will find helpful.

Yes, revealing your confidential medical information is prohibited under HIPAA. As a general rule, you must provide written authorization to release confidential medical information.

However, HIPAA does not provide for a private cause of action. You would need to file a complaint with the Dept of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/psa/complaint/

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