No more baby pictures in the office? - 08/11/14

As a mom who's spent plenty of time in pediatrician and labor-and-delivery, I've seen my fair share of cute baby pictures.

You know what I'm talking about:  the bulletin boards of patients' newborns posted with pride by parents and doctors alike.

I was reading this article today from a doctor who says they've removed these pictures from their offices because of HIPAA rules.

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) guidlines treat baby pictures like medical charts and even social security numbers, according to Dr. Mark Sauer.  Even if a parent sends a photo of their baby to the doctors office, they technically have to submit a letter of authorization along with it - something Dr. Sauer says rarely ever happens.

This seems like one of those ridculous over-reaching situations that would be tough to enforce.  Here's a link to the article if you want to weigh in.



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