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The word from HIPAA is to keep it zipped when it comes to employee health issues.

This story appears in the March 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Did you hear that Jerry in the mail room hurt his back playingsoftball last week?

If you heard it from somebody who processed Jerry'sinsurance claim for medical treatment, you may wish you hadn't.Stringent new regulations called for by the federal HealthInsurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) say thatindividually identifiable information maintained by anemployee's plan can only be revealed to another partyfor reasons relating to payment, treatment or medicaloperations.

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