Breaking HIPAA News - Senator Concerned That Walgreens Pharmacists Are Coming Around the Counter To Talk With Customers

Breaking HIPAA News – Senator Concerned That Walgreens Pharmacists Are Coming Around the Counter To Talk With Customers

Walgreens Pharmacy has implemented a new store model called Walgreens Well Experience.  According to the company, one aspect of the model is to have “pharmacists out front:”

You’ve got questions, we now have pharmacists out in front of the counter to more easily provide answers and offer a more personalized experience. At Walgreens we believe nothing should come between you and your health. Including counters.

http://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/well-at-walgreens.jsp

Apparently, the dangers of this model couldn’t get by the scrutiny of Senator Ed Markey (D) of Massachusetts.  On October 14, he sent Walgreens a letter demanding to know how the new store model would comply with HIPAA.
http://www.markey.senate.gov/2013-10-16_MarkeyWalgreens.pdf

I’ve stood in line at many a pharmacy, including Walgreens, and I’d say that being able to move to the side to talk with the pharmacist may be a whole lot more private that shouting across the counter.  In any event, I’m sure Senator Markey will get to the bottom of this critical issue.