How can it be a Hippa violation to inform coworkers that a recent admit is a registered sexual offender?

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It's public record. Ohio law enacted in Sept 2014 requires administrators to check the online offenders list and initiate a plan of care to protect other residents, as well as inform residents and their sponsors. A coworker is being disciplined for informing the rest of the aides about the offender.

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Offender status is not normally protected health information under HIPAA. One of our patients once became one, and staff informed each other of it as the reason for the person being in custody and having supervision for all visits; we would not have informed other families attending clinic though. It is not very clear to me whether the co-worker is being retaliated upon as an unwelcome whistleblower, but I guess the devil is in the details of the state law. How did one person find out and the others not know?
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It would be unsettling to know that a person who is a registered sexual offender is under roof at a continuing care facility. One has to take into consideration what type of offense was committed, and how much of risk would this person be today. Was it something that had happened in his/her youth where he/she was a young adult and was caught dating a 15 year old? [don't know how far back the registry is required with very old cases].

I agree, the co-workers should have kept quiet as this is an Administrator's duty to inform the residents/family. It could be viewed as a HIPAA violation because the offense could be labeled as a mental illness depending on the crime.
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The employee should file a written complaint with the state attorney general detailing the timeline of events, and let the state decide who violated what. "Develop a Plan" is corporate speak for "Don't ask don't tell"
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I don't understated why they would be getting in trouble for that. If they were telling the other residents it family's but the staff? Doctors are ale to talk to other doctors and nurses wouldn't that be the same?
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Interesting. If the coworkers had accessed the database and found out themselves that would be ok. When a predator moves to a new location schools often have parent meetings for notification and questions. Perhaps the administration was going to prepare their own announcement? Or authorities come in for a presentation. It was not this person's place to make the announcement, these things need to come from administrators so correct and appropriate information is given. Stops the rumor mill, or the water cooler bunch.
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