Psychologists Take Insurers to Court
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.October 14, 2011
The New Jersey Psychological Association has filed a lawsuit against two insurance companies claiming the companies ask for information protected by privacy laws in order to cover services, reports Newsworks. One association doctor says the insurers are asking about the issues patients are discussing with doctors, adding, "if you say, you're asking for information which violates the licensing law--which violates the patient's privacy, and I can't give it to you...they then say, we'll deny the treatment." A similar suit was dismissed for technical reasons last year, but the association believes that because two patients have joined the suit, they have a better chance of success.