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Note to Dr. Phil: Can You Spell HIPPA?

Posted by Mark on January 9, 2008

My wife thinks Dr. Phil is great. I think he’s very good at “slicing and dicing” a poor person apart on television. He’s not so hot at the real work of therapy, which is putting the pieces back together again.  Now, with rating and dollar signs in his eyes, he just may have stepped off the professional cliff he’s been teetering on for so long.

 NEW YORK (AP) – Britney Spears’ family says “Dr. Phil” McGraw crossed the line by not keeping his mouth shut after making a house call on the singer last week. Lou Taylor, a business manager for Spears’ mother, Lynne, and younger sister, Jamie Lynn, appeared on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday and said McGraw had betrayed the family’s trust by talking to the media about Spears’ mental health after showing up at the 26-year-old pop star’s hospital room on Saturday for a visit.

“The family basically extended an invitation of trust for him to come in as a resource to support them, not to go out and make public statements,” Taylor said. “Any statement publicly that he made, because he was brought in under this cloak of trust, (is) just inappropriate.”

 Not just inappropriate, but possibly a violation of the confidentiality of a patient, a serious offense. In fact, under HIPPA, this is punishable by both fines and jail times.

As another well known television personality would say;


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