Q: I declined a flu vaccine at work. My name was posted publicly.
Is this a HIPPA violation?
A: Laypersons commonly misunderstand HIPAA to have broad application, but that is false. HIPAA doesn't apply to employers generally. It only applies to healthcare providers and those working with or on their behalf (i.e., health insurers, medical records providers, etc.). So, no. Your employer did not violate HIPAA because it isn't subject to HIPAA. That said, it may not be appropriate for the employer to have posted that type of information, depending upon the circumstances.
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