Doctors Often Know Who Might Commit Gun Violence. But They Can’t Do Much About It.
March 5, 2018
(HuffPost) – A person at risk for committing gun violence has a clear profile, but when doctors identify a patient who meets the criteria, there is often little they can do about it. The U.S. has decided that doctors should play a role in assessing risk, but we’re not giving them the tools to act on that risk, and so these efforts are mostly futile. That’s in part because of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA, which prevents doctors from reporting a patient as dangerous unless the specific threat they pose is both “serious” and “imminent.”