I know a few of you here on the board are very informed about HIPPA and all the impending changes. I have a question for you about a situation and would it be in violation of HIPPA...
We have a family practice doctor who is always requesting that we fax to his office any specialist progress notes and consults that are in regards to his pt. For example, Dr. Blowjoe orders a cardiology consult for Mr. Heart in Rm 000. The cardiologist, Dr. Beat comes around later that day and consults on Mr. Heart. He dictates his consult notes and leaves. Dr. Blowjoe calls our unit and requests that the consult note and the progress notes for Mr. Heart be faxed to his office.. Would this be a violation of HIPPA...
Dr. Blowjoe also wants us to fax the ER reports, labs, xray results and whatever else he deems necessary to his office when one of his patients are admitted through the ER. Is this a violation of HIPPA?
My last question is, some of the doctors have fax machines in their homes and ask us to fax stuff to them at home in regards to a patient (especially Dr. Blowjoe). Wouldn't this be in violation of HIPPA, since we don't know who else could be on the receiving end of the fax such as a spouse, child, or the family pet.
Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated it. Thanks.
Oct 6, '02
hoolahan-The guy is a control freak. One time Dr. Blowjoe ordered a surgical consult for one of his patients. This surgeon is notorious for not consulting for HOURS after the consult is ordered. Anyway, Dr. Scalpel came in and saw the pt but didn't write any notes. One of the office nurses called me wanting the notes from the surgeon faxed to the office. I told her the surgeon didn't write any. 30 minutes later another nurse from the office called and asked for the same information to be faxed. I told her AGAIN that Nurse #1 called not more than 30 minutes ago and there weren't any notes. (This a solo practice too, and Nurse #2 even commented to me that she knew Nurse #1 had called.) An hour later Dr. Blowjoe himself calls me, and I tell him AGAIN that there weren't any notes. (I think the staff was just testing me to see if I would give them the same answer all three times.
. At that time Dr. Scalpel just happened to walk up on the floor and I gave him the phone and he and Dr. Blowjoe talked to one another. Dr. Blowjoe acts like to us that he has been sued before because of missing something. He orders every test in the book even for a hangnail.
Keeps his patients in the hospital way longer than necessary most of the time. He is anal to a point that it is annoying as he**.
Thank you. I knew you would come through with a ton of links and information. I have no idea where you get all this stuff, but I am glad you do. Sure is helpful. :kiss
In the situation I described in my original post, it is between the attending physician and a cardiologist who has priviledges at our facility. The consultating physcian's has his own rounding nurse for our facility, and a copy of their licenses are on file for the records. The consultating doctor has all the priviledges of the attending physician: admission, etc. (I work in a rural hospital).
I will check with medical records when I return to work this week.
Last edit by deespoohbear on Oct 7, '02