Is there an appropriate community to ask HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) related questions? I was thinking health.SO, but they don't have a tag for HIPAA.
My specific question is this:
How is it ok for a healthcare provider to have shared rooms for inpatient stays, when countless doctors and nurses come in to talk to a patient with no real concern about being overheard by the roommate?
I ask this because I recently stayed at a hospital for 2 nights, and never really spoke a single word to my roommate, but by discharge I knew his name, DOB, and would have had his MRN if I felt like writing it down. I also knew his meds, his condition, and previous conditions like his prior battle with colon cancer.
HIPAA regulations are in place to prevent confidential patient information from being known by people who have no business knowing it. It's primarily targeting staff of healthcare providers, insurance providers, and any entity working with medical information...
I thought that question may be appropriate for Health.SO but perhaps not. Any idea where I could ask such a question? If nowhere on SO is appropriate, anyone have any other secret non-SO forums I might be able to find some answers at ;-) ?
Update: Law.SE does seem to have a hipaa tag and may perhaps be a more appropriate place for a question like this. I will give it a shot there. Thank you guys! I'm not really sure how "marking as answer" works on the meta sites, but Carey pointed me in that direction so I'll go ahead and mark it...