Privacy rules don't save patients from exposure - page 2

by Saiderap 3,158 Views | 12 Comments

When I was studying, I was amazed to find out that the privacy laws don't set limits on loud talking between health workers in a crowded room. The privacy rule, "is not a strict one." I was deeply disturbed at work when the... Read More


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    http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa...ies/index.html

    ...but only if they transmit any information in an electronic form in connection with a transaction for which HHS has adopted a standard.
    This act is even more interesting:

    Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA)
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    Quote from ruby vee
    that sounds like an incidental exposure to information -- an overheard conversation. hipaa requires that we be as discreet as possible, but sometimes incidental exposures just cannot be avoided. sounds as if that was one of those times. if the patient or his family member had questions and asked them in the busy waiting room, i would have answered as quietly as possible, but you still might have overheard. the tech couldn't help it if your listening to another conversation "caused you" to think of someone else's situation rather than your mother's. i doubt if she'd lose her job if you had reported her, but i don't understand why you would want to do that.
    thanks for your reply, but i never said i wanted to make her lose her job.
    i was just trying to figure out if it was really something that might need be brought to the hospital administrations attention of a possible privacy breech.
    my only thoughts were towards the importance of the patient's privacy.
    with all the new rules about hipaa it's just something that everyone has to really think about what they're doing and where and when. that's all.
    your insinuation that i would want to make the girl lose her job is one main reason i seldom post on this board. and i don't understand from where in my original post how you came up with that assumption.
    anyway, thanks for your input.
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    My first gripe about your OP is the use of the word "diaper"....but I've already started a thread on that general topic in the past, so I won't go in to it any more than that.

    The "law" does not require us to give any information to "abusive family members" (or ANY family members, if that is the patient's choice). If the patient is oriented and can make their own decisions, it is up to THEM who can get info....even a spouse is not entitled if the patient says they aren't. We give the patient a card with a spokesperson number on it, and they can give it to who they choose, and someone calling about the patient must provide that number in order to get info. We do our best, especially in a large family where the patient doesn't care who gets info, to have ONE spokesperson designated and any other family member must ask THAT person for updates, that keeps us from having to take multiple phone calls from multiple people during a shift to update them on a patient's condition.

    It sounds like your knowledge of the "law" on this matter needs some updating.


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