Tuesday, March 08, 2005

HIPAA faces court challenge

According to KYW News Radio, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is being challenged by a Delaware psychiatrist:

KYW Newsradio 1060 - News:

"Judges on the Third Curcuit [sic] Court of Appeals in Philadelphia today hear a challenge to HIPPA [sic], which among other things is supposed to safeguard patient privacy. But the petitioners say it does just the opposite.

Most of us have filled out forms saying we have been apprised of health care provider privacy policies, but Delaware psychiatrist Janis Chester says there's really no privacy at all. Your information goes from doctor to insuror [sic]to who knows where in the blink of an eye. She hopes the appeals judges are more sympathetic than the district judge who dismissed the case, but she recognizes success would be a big deal:

'Can you imagine if all of a sudden they go, you know what, we have to go backk [sic] from the way the Bush Administration ammended [sic] it to the way the Clinton Administration wrote it and every hospital and pharmacy has to redo all their paperwork and their policies.' ..."

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