Wednesday, March 6, 2013

HIPAA law possibly violated in UConn/Calhoun case

By Dennis Dodd | Senior College Football Columnist

Officials at a Tampa, Fla., medical facility might have violated federal law protecting patients' privacy rights by speaking to NCAA investigators about a former  basketball recruit, two Connecticut health care attorneys told
By discussing Nate Miles' foot surgery and payment details, officials at the Tampa Bay Bone and Joint Center violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), according to the attorneys. The NCAA deemed that Miles' foot surgery in 2008 was an extra benefit paid for by Josh Nochimson, a former UConn student manager and booster who ultimately became an agent. In its public infractions report dated February 2011, the NCAA infractions committee referred to contact being made with “the doctor who performed the procedure on [Miles].”

“It [violation] would be mainly on the side of the doctors and the surgery center for sure,” Jensen said. “I don't see liability for the NCAA.”

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