HIPAA....the nightmare.... - page 3

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   baseline
    Me too Heather, me too. I am over politiced, over-regulated and just plain tired of the whoe shootin match.
  2. by   LasVegasRN
    Then again, he did sign the bill in order to make it a law, so...

    I'm kinda HIPAA apathetic. In the inservice, I said, just tell me how it affects ME, I couldn't care less how it affects everything else. So far, all I have to do is make sure the screensaver on my work laptop comes on after 60 seconds of no activity and is password locked. Cool, no brainer there.
  3. by   Q.
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN
    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...
    I remember reading an article on it from Research Practitioner, the professional journal I subscribe to. It does appear though, that the Clinton Admin passed it.
    I think the privacy issue is really just a portion of HIPAA; I think the ease of employees to transfer insurance policies b/t jobs was the main driving force.

    A HIPAA primer for research practitioners
    Eileen Rusnak, CIP


    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Today, a number of factors compromise the confidentiality of health information. In order to address the erosion of privacy, Congress included a section in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) authorizing the Department of Health and Human Services to promulgate a set of regulations know as the Privacy Rule. This article discusses the Privacy Rule and its effect on clinical research practices.

    Key Words: Authorization, Acknowledgment, Covered Entity, Documentation, Good Privacy Practices, HIPAA, Minimum Necessary, Privacy Rule
  4. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by Sourdough
    What is HIPPA?

    HIPAA is a federal act that is going to into full effect here in the States in April. It effects how we give and receive information about a person's health information. It carries big fines for anyone violating the regs (which are incredibly long). It will be major changes for most healthcare facilities and healthcare providers to comply with the law....it is also going to be a big PIA for the most of us.... Some of the things that have changed at my facility in preparation for HIPAA are: all faxes (internal & external) must have a cover sheet on them filled out completely, we are only allowed the bare minimum of information about a patient to do our jobs, and a whole bunch of other stuff I can't remember right now. Maybe some of the other posters will be able to come up with more of the "wonderful" regs we have to abide by, or be slapped with monetary fines or worse....:stone
  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Sourdough
    What is HIPPA?
  6. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER

    Heather, I think she may be from Canada if you look at her avatar. She probably thinks we are talking in Hebrew or some such language when we talk about HIPAA....
  7. by   tonchitoRN
    HELP! the word that scares me the most is "fine". will they actually fine me personally if i break a reg? if so who is going to fine me the hospital or the regulation board? where will the money go to? as in who's pocket?
  8. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by deespoohbear
    Heather, I think she may be from Canada if you look at her avatar. She probably thinks we are talking in Hebrew or some such language when we talk about HIPAA....
    Ahhh... I see.
  9. by   NicuGal
    It has gotten wayyyyy out of hand! It seems we are asking families to leave their babies bedsides all the time. We have taken to giving report outside the room away from the beds, but then you still have to go in and look at the baby then leave the room to ask any questions if there is a parent there.

    And now, we aren't allowed to look up our own labs...we can be fired. You tell me, how am I violating my own privacy by looking up my labs? A lot of our PCP's used to tell us to look them up because we could see if something was up and then call the office!

    Wonder if we will have to learn Universal Nursing Sign Language next? LOL

    And, why can't you ask a patient you cared for the day before how they feel? When they say hi to us, should we say..oh, better go to my Nurse Manager and see if it is okay to talk you today.

    Somedays, Walmart looks pretty darn good LOL
  10. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by tonchitoRN
    HELP! the word that scares me the most is "fine". will they actually fine me personally if i break a reg? if so who is going to fine me the hospital or the regulation board? where will the money go to? as in who's pocket?
    I guess it will be some federal agency since violations of HIPAA are going to the Office of Civil Rights. Who knows, maybe the CIA or the FBI? Chasing down us we little healthcare people because they have nothing better to do.... I have heard that there can be fines up in the thousands of dollars. I am not sure where the money is going, maybe a kickback to Clinton? (JUST KIDDING, before I get flamed!! ) You can bet the money won't be going to improve the salaries of nurses and other healthcare providers. Probably will go to some fat cat's pocket.....
  11. by   emily_mom
    You know, they could at least put in a bottle of lube into the HIPAA manual before they.....
  12. by   RNFROG3
    I don't think any one human can live up to HIPPA. Its sad that there are enough nosy people out there a crappy president thought this was necessary. I think if our motto would be taken more seriously it wouldn't be necessary. Doesn't "To do no harm " mean anything?
  13. by   K O'Malley
    Another HIPPA PIA-- tinted computer screens so that people nearby can't see the info that you are looking up on your pts. Some of us older nurses are really having a hard time seeing the computer screen now, especially me after several eye surgeries. I can barely decipher the data on the screen.

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