Subject: RE: New TECHWR-L Poll - ADD
From: "Stephen Arrants" <steve -at- microbrightfield -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 11:48:32 -0400

> I know HIPPA. While it is certainly legal for a person to
> disclose information about themselves or about a child under
> their guardianship, one is not allowed to disclose a
> different individuals medical history or conditions without a
> signed copy from the original person that waives their HIPPA rights.
> Michele

Um, no. HIPAA only covers Health Insurance companies, HMOs, most
employer health plans, self-insured plans, most doctors, nurses, health
care professionals, pharmacies, clinics, nursing homes, residential care
facilities, certain government programs that pay for health care such as
Medicare, Medicaid, TRICare, etc. Basically, anything that deals with
health care AND is federally regulated is covered.

HIPAA (not HIPPA) does not cover someone who doesn't fit into the above
from disclosing your health information. There are other privacy laws
that may deal with that.


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