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HIPAA does not create the right for an individual to sue, only to file a complaint with the government. However, some states have begun to look at whether a common law cause of action may exist when a health care provider reveals private health information.
In this month's case we look at a situation where a patient and his family had one idea about diagnosis/treatment, and the clinicians had another.
The physician only took the patient's blood pressure twice a year and did no other medical checks, following his requests. After the patient died of colon cancer, the patient's widow sued the physician.