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Judgment Against Creditor For $1.25 Million In HIV Privacy Case

Indiana-Health-Insurance-Emblem An Indiana man has been awarded $1.25 million in a case regarding the disclosure of his HIV status by Internal Medicine Associates. When IMA sued the man for a $326 past-due bill, the details of his case became a matter of public record—as did the fact that he is living with HIV.

In the course of the case, IMA sought to find out how many sexual partners the man's had in order to discredit his claim that they've revealed his status to more people than he has. The Bilerico Project has all the details of what would seem to be a precedent-setting judgment.

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  1. HIPPA classifies breeches in patient confidentiality a criminal offense punishable by up to five years in jail.

    Posted by: Charlie | Jul 7, 2010 9:17:44 AM

  2. I work for a NON-medical company and I have to annually demonstrate to my employer that I understand how and why HIPPA protects our customers' and employees' medical privacy (or else I'll get sent to a re-education camp or something). For a medical group to not know that --- and have their collection people (and contractors) not know that --- is just incredible. I'm even a little surprised the court didn't expunge the filing as soon as the judge read it.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jul 7, 2010 5:57:57 PM

  3. Anti-gay prejudice is alive & well in health care in the USA.

    Posted by: darkmoonman | Jul 8, 2010 12:25:06 PM

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