My question involves collection proceedings in the State of: Florida.
I had some medical debt while unemployed/uninsured from 2005-06. The bills went to collection, but I have since paid most of them off IN FULL. Two remaining collections are on a payment plan. I just paid off another last week. While I was talking to the collection agency rep, he proceeded to tell me MY medical history and the diagnosis for the hospital bill.
I thought that protected health information (PHI) was not supposed to be in the average Joe's hands? To make it worse, the same company disclosed the original hospital's name, address, patient account number, why I went to the ER, and the diagnosis (AFTER IT WAS PAID IN FULL) to a potential employer during an authorized background check!
I have paid this, to the collection agency, and I'm thinking that HIPAA or FCRA or FACTA have some rules against original creditors, and their third party business associates such as debt collectors, from disclosing -- or even having -- this type of information.
Any advice on what I can do to stop debt collectors from disclosing my personal health information?