I've been a nurse for 11 years. I have never had one complaint against me for anything. I started working for this company that does chart reviews for insurance companies. I recently visited a site last week and just got a call with a complaint that I made a HIPPA violation. I don't believe I did anything wrong. When we go to a site, we are required to bring them a signed confidentiality statement for their records and we need to check with the site contact before we leave the site. Here's what happened....got to the site, talked to the site contact who happens to be the manager of the practice. She brought me to the conference room and set me up with everything I needed. I went about my day and printed the charts that I needed from the EMR and scanned them like I am supposed to do. The manager/site contact came into the room and asked me how everything was going. I told her really good. She asked if I was almost done with my work. I told her yes I was just needed to finish a few more pages and I would be out of her hair. She said great and told me to have a safe drive home. I then asked her where she would like me to bring the charts that I had reviewed. She asked what do I normally do with them. I told her that we need to shred them. She said ok no problem and said to just leave them on the table and the girls would shred them in the morning. I said ok sounds good and I thanked her for her hospitality. I left 10 min. later.
Now this morning I get a call saying I've had a complaint that I didn't check in with the site contact before I left and that I also had a HIPPA violation because I left the charts on the table (face down). I talked to the manager right before I was done and told her that I would be a few minutes. I didn't think I needed to check back in with her since she knew I was going to be leaving after scanning a cpl of pieces of paper which doesn't take long. To top it all off the hospital committee board used the room I was in for a conference the next morning and the charts were still in there. I am assuming they weren't taken care of yet because the staff wasn't in yet since they meet very early in the morning. NOW, the site is blaming me and saying that I violated HIPPA... I was just doing what I was told by the manager of the facility with THEIR chart information. THey weren't left in a place where the public could access and I was simply following what the manager told me to do. Now there is going to be an investigation and possible(probable) termination. Is there anything that I can do????? I'm just sick right now and I think this might affect any other job opportunity I have.