HIPAA Does Allow Disclosure Of Employee Medical Records — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily

HIPAA Does Allow Disclosure Of Employee Medical Records

by on
in Human Resources,Office Management

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been known to cause employer consternation. Below you'll find the answers to a pressing HIPAA question: Does the privacy rule absolutely prohibit the disclosure of employment records containing medical information?

 

Disclosure Discussed

A terminated employee filed a discrimination lawsuit. To build her case, she sought disclosure of her employer's records of other employees' leaves of absences. The company argued that the HIPAA privacy rule barred it from disclosing the requested documents because they contained medical records, return-to-work evaluations, and other health information, including materials prepared by doctors and other health professionals whose job function was to determine employees' fitness for duty.

 

The HIPAA privacy rule does not bar disclosure, ruled a district court, based on these three reasons.

  1. Only covered entities a...(register to read more)

To read the rest of this article you must first register with your email address.

Email Address:

Related Articles...

    No matches

Leave a Comment