There are companies and organizations that are required to follow HIPAA Privacy rule and then there are some that are not required to follow these laws. Health plans, most health care providers and health care clearinghouses have to follow HIPAA Privacy rule; but life insurers, employers, many schools and school districts are a few examples of organizations that do not have to follow the HIPAA Privacy Rule. In one example: a health care worker from UCLA was caught violating the HIPAA Privacy rule. This former researcher accessed his superior and coworkers medical records; and during three other periods during the following four weeks, this person also accessed UCLA patient records, many of them involving celebrities (http://search.proquest.com).
Employers have fallen into the category of companies that do not have to follow the HIPAA Privacy rule. “The Privacy Rule does not prevent your supervisor, human resources worker or others from asking you for a doctor’s note or other information about your health if your employer needs the information to administer sick leave, workers’ compensation, wellness programs or health insurance.” (http://www.hhs.gov). Nevertheless, if your employer were to ask your health care provider directly for information about you, your provider cannot give out the information in response without your authorization. Also, covered health care providers must have your authorization to disclose the information to your employer, unless other laws have required them to disclose it. Usually, the Privacy Rule applies to disclosures made by your health care provider, not to the questions of your employer (www.hhs.gov).
Public health is another area in the HIPAA Privacy Rule. “Protecting public health, including through public health surveillance, program evaluation, terrorism preparedness, outbreak investigations, and other public health activities, often requires access to or the reporting of the protected...
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