Really HIPAA law was involved in a public record?

Regarding Dana Brady Gidden’s response that Stacy Tebo did not have to provide evidence that she was provided a (generic) Percoset prescription  …..well, it became a public record when Stacy Tebo decided to talk about her pill taking for years.  And if Stacy wasn’t abusing her usage, why did she and Rhett Bullard try to get out of a meeting discussing the situation…which was even published in the newspaper.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Public Law104-191, was enacted on August 21, 1996. Sections 261 through 264 of HIPAA require the Secretary of HHS to publicize standards for the electronic exchange, privacy and security of health information.

I was wrong in part.  Joe Griffin did not violate the HIPAA laws by requesting that information but he is not entitled to receive the information under the HIPAA law.  The employer, The Town of White Springs, only has that right to receive evidence that Stacy Tebo has a prescription since it is a Drug Free Town.  But our town will not discuss the matter nor will it find out whether she is getting drugs off the street or by prescription.



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