July 17, 2015
The injuries suffered by a professional football player brought the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and its implementing regulations (“HIPAA”) onto center stage of the media during the days following July 4. Jason Pierre-Paul, a defensive end for the New York Giants, suffered a firework-related injury to his hand during the Independence Day celebrations. Mr. Pierre-Paul’s medical record became the talk of the internet when Adam Schefter of ESPN posted a picture of Mr. Pierre-Paul’s medical record along with the following message on his Twitter account: “ESPN obtained medical charts that show Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul had right index finger amputated today.” In response to the incident, the CEO of Jackson Health System, which operates the hospital where Mr. Pierre-Paul is being treated, stated that an “aggressive internal investigation looking into these allegations is underway.”

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