I was at the doctor’s office recently, and while I was waiting, I could hear everything the doctor was saying to the patient in the next room. I told the doctor this, but he did not seem too concerned. Isn’t this a privacy violation? And where do I report it?
The Health Information Protection and Privacy Act, a federal law referred to as HIPPA, contains provisions about confidentiality of patient information. If you believe your doctor has violated a patient’s confidentiality, complaints can be made online at www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/.