Nurse Properly Fired For HIPAA Violation, Ky. Court Rules

Law360, New York (July 21, 2017, 6:05 PM EDT) -- A Kentucky appellate panel on Friday affirmed the dismissal of a suit accusing a hospital of unlawfully firing a nurse for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act by disclosing a patient's confidential health information, rejecting the nurse's argument that the disclosure was incidental.

A three-judge Court of Appeals panel unanimously upheld a summary judgment ruling in favor of Norton Audubon Hospital in a suit filed by nurse Dianna Hereford alleging she was wrongfully terminated for telling a physician and technician to wear gloves during a patient's procedure because the patient had hepatitis C, which the patient later complained was...

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