Abuse of HIPAA law by Allegheny County Jail as reason to withhold information, possibly coverup of wrongdoing, deliberate stalling

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/12/27/Family-of-Allegheny-County-Jail-inmate-who-died-push-for-answers/stories/201812270147

What is Allegheny County Jail hiding? Here we see they are yet one more institution using HIPAA as excuse to withhold information. Are they really protecting a dead person? Obviously, not. They are using/mis-using the law to protect themselves.

Hospitals, nursing homes, rehabs, therapists, outpatient doctors.  Now, jails as well. All using HIPAA to get themselves off the hook.

What needs to change? We need to see to it that the loopholes written into the HIPAA laws are changed, and the part of HIPAA that actually works, or is supposed to work, is properly followed. HIPAA is detrimental to patients and their families if these changes do not occur.

3 thoughts on “Abuse of HIPAA law by Allegheny County Jail as reason to withhold information, possibly coverup of wrongdoing, deliberate stalling”

  1. “Treatment” for alcoholism. Translation: psychiatric drugs to cure his alleged brain disease. My guess anyhow.

    A lot of ex or recovering alcoholics reject the “Alcoholism is a disease” propaganda. Yeah, there are so many commercials shouting this nonsense I want to puke when I hear them.

    1. Rachel, it doesn’t look that way. It looks like he was denied some basic meds for physical (lung and heart) conditions that may, or may not, have been secondary to chronic alcoholism. Because heavy alcohol use breaks down various organs, a person ends up with many very serious medical conditions, and inevitably will be depressed as well, it is unavoidable given the physical circumstances. I highly doubt his main (most essential) “meds” were psych drugs.

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