Names protected by HIPAA
Chancellor Jerri Bryant has made a ruling in the public records case brought against County Executive Hoyt Firestone by William Bracken.
Chancellor Jerri Bryant has made a ruling in the public records case brought against County Executive Hoyt Firestone by William Bracken. Bryant’s Order says the county should provide the information requested by Bracken without any identifying information for any specific employee.
During a hearing held in April, Bracken requested individual names and health insurance costs for the last twelve months, month by month. County Attorney Jimmy Logan argued that information was protected by HIPAA.
According to the Chancellor Bryant’s Order, “HIPAA covers all ‘individually identifiable health information’ in any form.” The Order says that includes “the provision of healthcare to individual’s past, present or future payment for the provision of healthcare to the individual.” It says HIPAA covers the name, address, birthdate, and social security numbers.
The Order says the county is allowed to delete individual names and number the employees in a random fashion that does not identify individual employees and will not be allowed to disclose which employee chooses what plan.
The cost of each plan is to be produced as well as the total number of employees covered. The county will provide an aggregate listing of individuals and under each type of plan that is had by those individuals, the level of coverage, and associated costs of those plans at the individual level.
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