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    HIPAA in Wonderland

    David StanleyDavid Stanley“With the passage of this bill, we will enter a new era. A time when healthcare providers will encounter unnecessary obstacles when they seek information to care for their patients, when law enforcement investigations will be brought to a standstill, and when any healthcare entity can use this new law as an excuse to avoid an unwanted task. I am proud to be a part of this process that will hinder the operations of this country's already overworked and understaffed healthcare workforce.”

    I am pretty sure that no politician ever said anything like that when the law we all know as HIPAA was wending its way through Congress, and I'd be willing to bet that President Clinton said no such thing when he signed it into the books 18 years ago.

    I think we can all agree that no politician in his right mind would be inclined to take a position that favored blocking the delivery of healthcare. And I’m sure that the intention behind HIPAA was not to provoke conversations like the one I was having with the insurance company help desk. Yet there I was.

    David Stanley, RPh
    David Stanley is a pharmacy owner, blogger, and professional writer in northern California. Contact him at [email protected]

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