No more first-baby-of-the-year announcements? I smell HIPAA

January 1, 2015 10:17 AM

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No more first-baby-of-the-year announcements? I smell HIPAA

So here’s a New-Year’s-Day downer: fewer hospitals will announce the first baby of the year in 2015. The stated reason: fear over kidnapping and identity theft. But read the article and see if you can’t find evidence of the irrational HIPAA-generated fear culture that lurks in modern healthcare.

The article dutifully states that safety concerns have become more important than tradition (because, as you know, healthcare typically puts safety second). Its main example is Community Health Systems, which told its facilities to stop announcing the first babies born in the new year.

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