John Wisely never thought that the near-drowning of a 2-year-old would be a dead-end story. The girl, who reportedly had just learned to open doors, went out a back sliding door and fell into a pond behind her house in mid-May.
The new health privacy regulation, which came from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, has traveled a long road since its inception. In fact, the regulations were not part of the original legislation. HIPAA began as the Kennedy-Kassebaum bill, bipartisan legislation that sought to ensure continuing health insurance coverage when employees change or lose their jobs.