HIPAA help

  1. 0 I have a quick question about HIPAA. My sister and I got into a super big fight and I said something about her gastric bypass surgery on Facebook which was supposed to be a secret. Now some of her friends are saying since I am a nurse, i can get in trouble for HIPAA violation. I don't know where or exactly when she had the surgery, don't work at the hospital where she had it done that I know of, didn't ask any information about it or anything so how can it be a HIPAA violation? Because I am a nurse, can I not say anything about anyone's medical condition. I thought it was only if she was a patient in the same hospital I work at and was trying to get info on her while she is there. Any thoughts.
  2. Visit  2greeneyes profile page

    About 2greeneyes

    Joined Feb '11; Posts: 2.

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  3. Visit  Jolie profile page
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    What you did was lousy from a personal standpoint, but not a HIPAA violation. You had no professional nurse-patient relationship and thus no access to, nor duty to protect your sister's confidential health information.
    nurse2033, GrnTea, Hospice Nurse LPN, and 11 others like this.
  4. Visit  neuroms profile page
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    Yeah, those sound more like personal rather than professional problems.
    nickos, Esme12, and nightengalegoddess like this.
  5. Visit  RNKPCE profile page
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    Not a HIPAA violation. You don't work for the surgeon that did it, the hospital in which she was a patient or the insurance company or anyone else involved in the case.
    Esme12 and nightengalegoddess like this.
  6. Visit  rngreenhorn profile page
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    The Health Insurance and Accountablity Act is wayyyyyyyy over-rated. And way over taught in Nursing School. Tell your sister to suck it up and to stop being a wussy. No one is going to prison here.
    canoehead, GrnTea, NaKcl, and 3 others like this.
  7. Visit  neuroms profile page
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    Ha, I'm not sure if it's taught at all: "Health Insurance and Accountablity Act."
    nightengalegoddess likes this.
  8. Visit  merlee profile page
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    It may not be a HIPAA violation, but you may have done your relationship some bad damage
    Sparrowhawk and Ginger80 like this.
  9. Visit  BabyLady profile page
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    Quote from 2greeneyes
    I have a quick question about HIPAA. My sister and I got into a super big fight and I said something about her gastric bypass surgery on Facebook which was supposed to be a secret. Now some of her friends are saying since I am a nurse, i can get in trouble for HIPAA violation. I don't know where or exactly when she had the surgery, don't work at the hospital where she had it done that I know of, didn't ask any information about it or anything so how can it be a HIPAA violation? Because I am a nurse, can I not say anything about anyone's medical condition. I thought it was only if she was a patient in the same hospital I work at and was trying to get info on her while she is there. Any thoughts.
    Nope, you are not guilty of a HIPAA violation because you did not obtain the information through your employment or facility. You had the information because she was your sister. You are guilty of gossiping, nothing more. Gossiping about events that are TRUE is not a crime.

    Your friends are wrong...so sleep well. They are just trying to feed the drama.
    GrnTea and Esme12 like this.
  10. Visit  nightengalegoddess profile page
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    Health insurance and portability privacy act...??? Health information patient privacy act? I think it is the second one....though I have heard it anacronymed out other ways as well.
  11. Visit  thinkertdm profile page
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    Quote from nightengalegoddess
    Health insurance and portability privacy act...??? Health information patient privacy act? I think it is the second one....though I have heard it anacronymed out other ways as well.
    Basic research saves the day!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIPAA

    HIPAA=Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
    GrnTea, klone, RN in training, and 8 others like this.
  12. Visit  ckh23 profile page
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    I agree with the others, there is no HIPPA violation here. To me it sounds like your sister's friends need to do their own research about HIPPA and what it provides.
  13. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    You did not misuse the health care information while having access to private information at work.

    HIPAA: http://tinyurl.com/3xqjzet

    YOu broke a promise to your sister to keep quiet..........not to keep confidential one of your patients diagnosis's. But if you have trouble with boundries and confidences in your private life........you need to be extra careful in your professional life as a mistake here IS a big deal and can cost you your license.....
    kids and GrnTea like this.
  14. Visit  rngreenhorn profile page
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    Oops, My bad, I missed the "portability" in my post. What HIPAA really stands for is "bureaucracy and paperwork that no one but JCAHO looks at, and no one cares about, but that makes our job more difficult." But that acronym would be way to long.....
    Esme12, Hospice Nurse LPN, CathyLew, and 2 others like this.

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