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Questions about HIPAA Laws

What is the definition of HIPPA

Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPPA) is an act that keeps all health information about a patient safe and private from other people. It is against this act to divulge, share or copy any health information against the patients will.

What can someone do if a doctor released medical information to a relative without permission

The first step would be to report the doctor to HIPPA within 180 days of the incident. If you think you may have a private suit against the doctor in question, you could bring your questions to the Personal Injury Lawyers on JustAnswer. They can assess the details of your case and help you determine whether you need to consult with an attorney who works with health care and see if there is a possibility for a private suit against the doctor.

If someone has recently been fired due to HIPPA violation, are they able to request to see the incident report that was written?

In most cases the incident report and other personal records belong to the employer, and they can refuse to allow anyone to see the incident report. On the other hand in some states they allow a limited time to request to have a copy of an incident report that was written. To determine what the provisions of the law are in your state, you can ask a Personal Injury Lawyer on JustAnswer for Expert legal insight.

In the state of Florida if someone was fired for HIPPA violation, and it turned out it wasn’t a violation would that be considered wrongful termination?

In the state of Florida, an employer has the right to terminate an employee for any reason, and without notice. As such, it may be difficult to establish a case of wrongful termination in such circumstances.

Does HIPPA only cover medical information?

HIPPA only protects a patient's rights to confidentiality of medical information. It keeps doctors, nurses, and hospitals from releasing any information containing a person’s health. Individuals that do not work in the medical field are not covered under the HIPPA law. In many medical facilities, a release has to be filled out to determine who if anyone can have access to a patient’s medical information. If this form does not specify who has the authorization for the information to be released, then there is no one that can be privy to the medical information except the patient.

The law recognizes a person's right to confidentiality about medical and health issues. HIPAA laws were put into place to protect this right of patients. However, most individuals do not fully understand the scope of the law and the extent to which it protects their rights. When violations occur, even the differences in state laws can further raise questions. The only way to safeguard your legal rights is to be well informed about them. If you are unsure of your rights as a patient or if you need clarifications about HIPAA laws, ask a Personal Injury Lawyer on JustAnswer for Expert legal insights.
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