Club Flagged For Multiple HIPAA Violations
By K5KVN, on the scene
SWANSEA, S.C. — A local amateur radio club is facing legal action after it was discovered that its members routinely discuss intimate health and welfare details of other individuals.
Federal officials were first alerted to the problem by an update on the club’s website, which read “Hershal will not be at the meeting tonight due to another recurrence of diarrhea from eating unwashed lettuce from his garden.”
Health and Human Services Special Agent Wilson McGovern led the investigation. “The unauthorized sharing of certain private health information is something we take very seriously,” said McGovern. “But some of what we heard this radio club doing was just plain gross. Nobody wants to hear about that kind of stuff.”
Ham Hijinks obtained documents related to the investigation, which listed additional alleged violations:
– An on-air net where one man told of his wife’s recent bout with an oozing ulcer on her left foot.
– A club meeting where it was decided the club’s “tower monkey” could no longer hold that office because he is recovering from hernia surgery and currently cannot bend over to tie his shoes.
– A lunch meeting at Golden Corral where the group talked at length about “Michael’s” colon surgery and post-operation side effects.
The club could face sanctions up to and including revocation of their 501(c)3 status and confiscation of radio gear. All club members will also be required to attend an etiquette class on what is appropriate to talk about in a public setting.