I'm only about to start my nursing program in August, so I'm not experienced in HIPPA. I just remembered something when I was pregnant a few months ago.
I took a tour in my hospitals L&D unit. One of the nurses took us [us being a group of pregnant ladies] to the nursery. She was pointing out to each section of the nursery, and what each was for and what not. She pointed to one of the babies and said he was a preterm baby and has been there for 2 months and is a "crackbaby." She went on to talk about how the mother tried going to a diffeent hospital than the one she usually goes to so there won't be any records of her on file. She also added the mother was taken away form the baby.
I didn't think much of it then, but now that I recall--she made the patient identifiable. Though, we don't know who the mother is and what she looks like, we know about the baby..
Thanks in advance.