HIPAA....the nightmare.... - page 2

Went to one of the mandatory HIPAA inservices we had the other day. I tell you this is about enough to make me want to get out of health care....I am all for patient's privacy and such but I think... Read More

  1. by   K O'Malley
    All of this hullaballoo over HIPPA just doesn't make sense in light of the fact that many of our hospital rooms are semiprivate or have three beds. Every patient, family member,etc hears what every doctor talks about to his pt, knows every little detail about what is going on with the other pt. It seems to me, for HIPPA to really be effective, all rooms must be private.
  2. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    K O'Malley, someone asked this exact same question at our inservice. The answer? Well, within 3-5 years, we will have completely built a new hospital, and all of those rooms will be privates, and therefore compliant with HIPPA. That's what HIPPA will care about in that instance, that we're working towards becoming compliant. Everything that happens before then will be a "necessary to the course of treatment."

    Heather
  3. by   BeachNurse
    OH boy..this is becoming MY nightmare as well. I will be having at least 2 inservices on HIPPA next week. I am in research so we get to have an EXTRA inservice. Simply because I carry charts from my office (accross the parking garage to the hospital) I will have to carry my charts in a locked box. Furthermore, we are not allowed to have anything carrying a patients name on our desks or anywhere that is not locked up. A locked office insn't enough..it must be locked in something else also. I have patient names on a floppy disk..I am assuming that I will have to keep that locked up too..All of these measures are supposedly enforceable by heavy punishments for those who are not compliant.
  4. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by BeachNurse
    Simply because I carry charts from my office (accross the parking garage to the hospital) I will have to carry my charts in a locked box.




    Does anyone else think this has gone too far?
  5. by   Q.
    Naturally our mandatory HIPAA inservice was while I was on leave for my FIL.

    Right now I'm still trying to figure out how to comply with the new regulations and still do research. I maintain a database with patient identifiers that is shared among my physician and my colleagues, and is emailed to another person who maintains all of our electronic files. *sigh*

    Wasn't HIPAA the last thing the Clinton Administration did before leaving office?
    Last edit by Susy K on Jan 25, '03
  6. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Susy K
    Wasn't HIPAA the last thing the Clinton Administration did before leaving office?
    Yup.
  7. by   deespoohbear
    Even more reasons to despise the man.....
  8. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by deespoohbear
    Supposedly, we can't even tell the lab people when they come to draw that a person has dementia because they don't need to know that to do their job. Well, my feeling is if I am going to be doing a procedure on someone who has the potential to hit me, I think it IS my right to know. But now, I will supposedly be violating HIPAA by doing that....
    This happened to one of our lab people (my friend) and she got punched in the chest...left a huge hematoma and her laying on the floor with the wind knocked out of her.

    Screw Hipaa....I think our safety comes first.....

    Kristy
    Ex-smoker....day 2.....

    Do not argue with me today.....
  9. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by Susy K
    ...Wasn't HIPAA the last thing the Clinton Administration did before leaving office?
    Nope, can't blame this one on him. This was a Republican initiative arising out of all the disagreements on the Patient Bill of Rights.

    This is but one cog in the wheel of national healthcare reform. And HIPAA not only affects healthcare, but it also impacts consumers, as evidenced by the privacy notices we are all receiving with our credit card and bank statements.

    Whether or not this is going to be a great thing or just a nuisance until we all get used to it remains to be seen.
  10. by   Sourdough
    What is HIPPA?
  11. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    The how come our HIPPA inservice started with:

    "HIPPA is the last things done by the Clinton administration...."

  12. by   LasVegasRN
    I wish there was a website or newsource that could tell us, very factually, who brought about what. Unfortunately, all we can do is try to remember or pay attention to who sponsored what bill that eventually became a law.

    While the Republicans and Democrats where arguing over Patient Bill of Rights, concessions were made to try and reach an agreement. One of these concessions was over Privacy Acts. HIPAA arose out of this and affected not only the privacy of our health information concerns but also financial. The big furor was the proposal that HMO's would not be able to legally force their members to use their hand-selected doctors - people should be able to choose their own doctors without penalty. A lot of issues overlapping made this difficult to follow.

    You can do a search on HIPAA - there's a zillion website explaining it, promoting it, offering services to get in compliance for it, etc.

    In a nutshell, it has to do with confidentialty and the protection of patient information. HIPAA stand for Health Information Portability Act and I forgot what the last "A" stands for...
  13. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Nah... I really don't care who brought about what. I was just curious as to the contradiction.

    Politically apathetic,
    Heather

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