An administrative assistant at the University Medical Center School of Nursing who had apparently heard from several UMC employees that the governor scheduled off-hour appointments for medical care then twitted back: “Schedule regular medical exams like everyone else instead of paying UMC employees over time to do it when clinics are usually closed.”
Several days later, the administrative assistant was accused of violating HIPAA laws and was “encouraged to resign.”
C’mon. The administrative assistant was passing on second hand information and didn’t even mention the governor by name.
And besides, it’s not like she told the world that Haley Barbour was going to a psychiatric clinic appointment to learn how not to make stupid suggestions on his Twitter page.
The hospital is stretching HIPAA laws way too far. False and/or uninformed allegations of HIPAA violations are becoming the new quick and easy way to get rid of employees. The lawyers providing the hospital with advice should be the ones fired.
Am I violating HIPAA if I redisclose that Lindsay Lohan is in rehab? I am a covered entity and the fact that she is/was in rehab is protected health information. How is this different from the Haley Barbour case?
Oh yeah, guess my job is in jeopardy because I mentioned that Conrad Murray provided propofol to Michael Jackson.
Oh, and I saw a patient … in the gift shop at my hospital … buying … throat lozenges … for a sore throat! Shhhhhhh. Don’t tell.
Then my car got hit in the parking lot, but I couldn’t call my insurance company to file a claim because, according to MUMC attorney logic, it is a HIPAA violation to disclose that the patient’s car was in the hospital parking lot.
So when families call University of Mississippi looking for a patient, do hospital operators tell you “we can neither admit nor deny the existence of this patient in our facility” to avoid further HIPAA violations?
Hey – rules are rules. [eye roll]
P.S. Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour allegedly goes to the UMC clinics after hours and the University has to pay overtime to employees for his routine physical examinations. Pass it on.