Q: Coworker announced I was leaving early for medical procedure, is that against HIPPA?
I have MS and need to leave my job early 1x a month to get a medical infusion with my medications. This week, a member of the dispatch team announced Via email that I was leaving early for an infusion. This went to over 10 of my coworkers. Is this something that I can seek action on against my employer for releasing ? Or not because it didnt specify why?
It is unlikely that your employer is a "covered entity." If it is, and there have not been repeated violations, it is possible your employer could be subject to a fine for disclosing this information. Depending upon the facts and circumstances, including whether the covered entity profited from the disclosure, a fine could range from $100 to $50,000. The facts described in your question suggest the lower end of the range is likely to be appropriate if your employer is a "covered entity."
As for you yourself profiting off this, HIPAA does not create a private cause of action by an individual for disclosure. You would need to consider another theory of legal liability if this disclosure caused you to sustain legally compensable damages.
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