HHS To Investigate Clinic
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.June 23, 2010
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has opened an investigation of the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation in response to a formal written complaint, reports the Los Angeles Times. The investigation will focus on whether adult film performers' privacy was breached when the clinic required them to sign broad disclosure agreements. The AHF said in a February complaint that patients were required to sign "overbroad, irrevocable" consent to disclose test results to whomever the clinic deemed appropriate "in perpetuity." An AHF lawyer said for the disclosures to be lawful, the performers should be provided with information on patient data use and retention.