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  •  HIPAA violation? (4+ / 0-)

    Disclosure of health information has been tightened with the latest iteration of HIPAA. From my reading this kind of disclosure certainly qualifies as a violation...I hope their compliance officer (if they have one), is preparing a disclosure!

    •  Since he didn't refer to the employees (3+ / 0-)
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      WillR, Catte Nappe, BachFan

      or their spouses by name, he may be technically covered under HIPAA. Maybe it's like saying 10% of employees missed time with the flu, so don't forget to get your flu shot this year.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 10:44:22 AM PST

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      •  This cuts it awfully close to the line, though (2+ / 0-)
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        mspicata, FiredUpInCA

        Out of 5k employees, it wouldn't be hard for someone to figure out the answers to a couple of fairly simple questions to figure out who it was:

        1) who had a baby in the past year?

        2) Of those, which ones had problems with the child or delivery?

        The answer to #1 would likely bring the possible employees down to a relatively small number.  From there, it'd be easy to ask around and see if anyone had heard if so-and-so had had a difficult pregnancy or if Mr. Smith down in accounting's new child was doing ok.

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