Advice from one of my favorite columnists Carolyn Buppert, NP, JD @ Medscape Nurses When Is Gossip a HIPAA Violation?
A reader asks: Is it against HIPAA regulations for a supervisor to tell other employees about an employee's medical condition, such as diabetes, substance abuse problems, or cancer, without permission?
How Was the Information Obtained?
Whether sharing your private information about your medical history is a violation of HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) depends on how the supervisor obtained the information. If the supervisor accessed your medical records, then HIPAA would apply. If the supervisor has information about your medical conditions because you gave her that information or because you have discussed your health issues in the workplace, then HIPAA probably does not apply.....