Friday, March 30, 2012

HIPAA law used against state employees???

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from Letters to The Editor that appeared in the Montgomery Advertiser on March 30, 2012 and was Submitted by Julian McPhillips.  Mr. McPhillips is a well known attorney in Alabama.  I believe this gives insight into an attorney's view of how HIPAA is being used.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was enacted by Congress in 1996, supposedly to protect the privacy of medical records. That noble purpose has unfortunately been abused right and left by state government to persecute employees out of favor with management. This includes three different women I have represented, one from the Alabama Department of Public Health, one from the State Docks, a third from Auburn University, all fired due to false accusations of HIPAA violations.................
................HIPAA was not created by the U.S. Congress to be a witch hunt tool. Yet, that is exactly what it has become. Legislators wake up, and judges take note. Your help is needed.
 From the McPhillips Web-Site: Mr. McPhillips is better known as “The People’s Lawyer,” a moniker he earned for his work in landmark cases involving civil rights, racial and workplace discrimination, and police brutality. Mr. McPhillips started this firm in 1978 to focus on these cases and provide clients with aggressive representation in court. Today, McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP is a six-attorney civil litigation firm that represents clients throughout Alabama in state and federal court.


Anonymous said...

My question is can a boss or personal in main office ,give an other employee a copy of other nurse work for school use? I thought that would be under Hipaa

Anonymous said...

Sorry . can a boss or another emplyee give a copy of other nurse's hour worked for school use?