HIPAA help

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    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.
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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.
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    Yeah, those sound more like personal rather than professional problems.
    nickos, Esme12, and nightengalegoddess like this.
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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.
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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.
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    Ha, I'm not sure if it's taught at all: "Health Insurance and Accountablity Act."
    nightengalegoddess likes this.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.


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