The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is raising new legal fears for health care providers concerning privacy suits. Labor and employment attorneys are concerned that courts have begun to let plaintiffs use HIPAA standards to prove liability in privacy suits, even though the law doesn't currently provide a private right of action. And a new federal crackdown on HIPAA violators is also causing concerns for health care providers.
Hospitals Fear Privacy Claims Over Medical Records
The National Law Journal
June 1, 2007