“New Jersey Psychology Practice Revealed Patients’ Mental Disorders in Debt Lawsuits”


Pro Publica and the NY Times collaborate on an investigative report revealing loopholes in HIPAA laws that allow providers to release the mental health diagnoses and treatments of patients. Short Hills Associates in Clinical Psychology in New Jersey filed 24 collection cases in which patients’ diagnoses were listed between 2010 and 2014.

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  1. This practice seems like tacit blackmail to all who can’t or won’t pay. A full page ad in the local newspaper warning clients of this tactic would perhaps be able to bring them to their senses as anyone who cares about ethics or privacy can take their business elsewhere.

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