Quote from brownbook
No you don't want to lose your license or job over this, BUT I refuse to believe that giving a statement to a judge and lawyers about bringing a friend's wife to the ER when you were not a even a nurse is a HIPAA violation.
Why are posters telling her to not get involved? With friends like that he doesn't need enemies!
I get soooooo angry when some stupid vague maybe policy gets in the way of human decency, common sense, and friendship. I'd do it in a heartbeat and HIPAA be dammed!
I will explain.
I don't think it is commmon human decency to get involved in a friend's custody battle. Custody battles are ugly, disgusting things. A true friend who knows anything about custody battles would encourage the friend to agree to joint custody. If CPS decides that the other parent is unfit, then let them do their job. It should never be a friend's job to tell a judge that an ex is a bad parent. They are totally unqualified for that. And if you are using health info to make that determination you are absolutely risking your credibility.
I also think that the fact of a mother needing and receiving emergency health care ought not be in play during a custody battle. It's not relevant. And its not decent for someone whom she trusted to take her to get that care to spread that info, Hipaa violation or not.
If you see oe suspect a kid being abused or neglected you call CPS. Then you let them handle it. They are the investigators and judges in that situation.
When a friend is going through a divorce and they accuse the ex of being a horrible parent and insist it ia abuse you advise them to call CPS. You don't offer to tell a judge about that time you took ex to the hospital because she néeded a psych eval.
If CPS thinks the psych eval is important they will get that info.
Having been through a custody battle myself, having cared for kids in inpatient psych who are going through a battle and also kids who have been neglected and abused, that is my position.
Sorry for misspelling hipaa.