HIPAA....the nightmare.... - page 5

Went to one of the mandatory HIPAA inservices we had the other day. I tell you this is about enough to make me want to get out of health care....I am all for patient's privacy and such but I think... Read More

  1. by   canoehead
    I think different hospitals are interpreting the regulations differently. The only change at our hospital is to add passwords to the computer system. And pt info is not locked up, just out of sight on unattended units.

    I also know that the hospital frowns on looking up your own lab reports, however I believe that is a hospital policy. As far as I'm concerned I will be looking them up and regs be darned. I have a right to know, and not just at their convienence.
  2. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by sherbeari
    What about a patient's doctor, who doesn't have privilages at my hospital, asking about the patient's care? Should I be giving this doctor any information, given that the family of the patient has brought him into the unit with them as a consult? (Note: the patient is unresponsive).
    Opinions, anyone?
    My guess is that it would be in violation of HIPAA. When people check into our ER now for treatment, they are asked if they want a copy of their ER record to go to their PCP. So, I guess if a doc from another hospital calls and inquires about a pt who is not currently UNDER his services, then he has no more right to information than any other Tom, Dick, or Harry.

    I HATE HIPAA.....
  3. by   mattsmom81
    I work at a very gossipy hospital with full open visiting, and nosy gossipy docs who are into each others' business.. As a nurse, under the new HIPAA laws, I am now terrified of being sued or fined because I didn't stop some nosy doc, or give some info to family that I should not have.

    Now we get in trouble at my hospital whenever visitors complain about ANYTHING. We are to 'keep the customer satisfied, and they are always right'. But family here is just EVERYWHERE ALL the time and we cannot limit them. We have zero privacy unless we give report in the can. No report areas, only the desk, halls and patient rooms.

    Since visitors will NOT leave and we are not allowed to MAKE them go away even at change of shift time, I feel we are really stuck between a rock and a hard place.

    And patient family complaints are through the roof because nurses are hedging even MORE on info to them since HIPAA. <sigh> This is just another headache for us.

    And what about the unconscious patient? How do we know if he wants his estranged (but still legal) spouse to know he OD'd on 3 drugs and ETOH?? But that wife complains I'm not giving her any info, becomes a thorn in my side all shift long, and THEN I'm in trouble with administration later when she complains about me.....grrr.

    Thanks for listening to my vent. As ya'll can tell I'm frustrated today... another shytty shift last night in an ICU with open visiting 24/7....LOL.
  4. by   CseMgr1
    It's just another example of the Feds doing whatever they can, to make things even harder than they should be. Case in point: I called one of my late father's insurance carriers last week, trying to get an unpaid doctor's bill taken care of.....and they wouldn't even TALK to me!
  5. by   momrn50
    I work LTC, had a lady go out on dayturn for outpatient surgery, at 9:30 last night she wasn't back from the hospital so i called patient information and was connected to a room, but no one answered the phone, so i asked to be connected to the nurses station on that floor, I told the nurse who answered who i was, and asked if this lady had been admitted after OP surgery, and was told, I can't tell you that. Several more attempts to just find out if this lady was there or not, same answer, I can't tell you that. So for all I know, she could be dead, running the streets or on the beach in Tahiti...Where does this stupidity end???? I was highly pissed the rest of the shift....
  6. by   betts
  7. by   RNfriend
    Isn't "resigning" or being terminated usually the end of the ordeal for _no need to know_ type of HIPAA violation? Shouldn't they get a second chance to do the right thing next time? Invasion of privacy is serious, but temptation or curiosity, or fear after a dirty needle stick, etc. are all violations. Compare it to diversion, drunk driving, or any 'first time' crime for that matter in which the punishment reflects rehabilitation and ask if a first time HIPAA violation punishment fits the crime? Losing your license? Huge Fines? Losing your job? And nobody died? Really?