HIPAA-Protection of Patient Privacy

HIPAA keeps your personal information safe.
HIPAA keeps your personal information safe.

What is HIPAA?

HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The federal law originated in 1996 and protects the privacy of a patient's personal and health information. The purpose of HIPAA is to keep medical records and other individually identifiable health information completely private. HIPAA gives patients increased control over their health information.

You've probably signed plenty of HIPAA forms. HIPAA is very important to health care providers of all specialties because patient privacy is a top priority. Doctors, dentists, optometrists, and other healthcare providers are required under HIPAA to provide each patient with a Notice of Privacy Practices at the time of their first visit. Patients must provide a signature, agreeing that they have received a copy of the HIPAA privacy practices. A signature is only required once, no matter how many times you visit the provider.

How do you feel about HIPAA?

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What information does HIPAA protect?

Information protected by HIPAA includes anything oral or recorded in any form or medium. All information, whether in the past, present, or future, is safeguarded. Physical and psychological health conditions, provisions of care, and payment information are all protected. Examples of protected health information:

  • Patient's name, address, birthdate, age, phone and fax numbers, and email addresses
  • Medical records, diagnoses, lab work and test results, medical images, and prescriptions
  • Billing records, claim data, referral authorizations, and explanations of benefits
  • Electronic records, paper records, and oral communications

Healthcare providers are obligated to carefully manage and protect patients' personal information. Healthcare providers are allowed to use patient information for treatment of the patient, payment of bills, and healthcare operations, such as audits, quality improvement, teaching, and government reporting.

Access to healthcare information by healthcare providers is based on "need to know" and "minimum necessary" principles. Healthcare workers should only access information if it is necessary for providing the best patient care. When information is accessed, only the minimum amount of data necessary should be retrieved. Information can be communicated between healthcare providers, such as nurses, doctors, pharmacists, and lab technicians, as long as they are involved in the patient's care. Information may also be communicated to family and friends of the patient if they are involved in the patient's care, unless a patient has objected to sharing personal information. Parents, guardians, and medical powers of attorney can be spoken with as if they are the patient.

Healthcare workers are specially trained about HIPAA and keeping your personal information confidential.
Healthcare workers are specially trained about HIPAA and keeping your personal information confidential.

What are the rules about disclosing personal information?

Under HIPAA, personal healthcare information can be released to law enforcement without patient permission under certain circumstances. These include:

  • Court orders and subpoenas
  • Identifying suspects, witnesses, or missing persons
  • Reporting about victims of crime, neglect, or abuse

For any other uses, an authorization form must be signed by the patient prior to the release of information. There is special protection for:

  • Psychotherapy notes
  • Drug and alcohol abuse treatment records
  • Research records
  • Communicable disease information
  • HIV/AIDS status
  • Genetic testing
  • Evaluation and treatment of mental health disorders

Mental illness medical records have additional safeguards under the law and are treated differently from other types of medical records. Patients being evaluated and treated for mental health problems have the option to be excluded from the facility directory. The facility directory is like a roster of all the facility's patients. HIPAA allows patients with mental health disorders or substance abuse problems to be treated and or admitted under complete confidentiality. Victims of violent crimes and abuse are also excluded from the facility directory, giving them complete anonymity.

Healthcare professionals work as a team to maintain patient privacy.
Healthcare professionals work as a team to maintain patient privacy.

HIPAA requires health care workers to protect patient privacy. Employees who do not comply can face disciplinary action. Privacy violations can occur in many different ways. A nurse and physician discussing patient information in a crowded elevator is a verbal violation of patient privacy. Faxing personal health information to the wrong number is another example of a privacy breach. Criminal penalties for wrongful disclosure can be as high as $250,000 and up to 10 years in prison. Healthcare workers are educated regularly on HIPAA guidelines.

In a world where identity theft is unfortunately common, access to patient information must be highly restricted. HIPAA prioritizes patient privacy. So the next time you're signing pages upon pages of forms at the doctor's office, remember that HIPAA is very important because it protects your irreplaceable personal information.

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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

I understand why this law was enacted, but it frustrates me no end. I've signed form after form at various clinics to allow my husband to call and verify appointments. They keep saying that HIPAA prevents them from doing it until I sign a form - which I've done 10 times now and they are not filing it or something.

Thanks for another one of your informative hubs.

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shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona Author

HIPAA can be confusing and frustrating, but it's important because it protects your personal information. You should only have to sign the form once though, so it sounds like there's something strange going on at your office. I'd look into that. Thanks again for reading!

Stacey Jones 7 years ago

Is it a HIPPA violation to have a sign in sheet with the patients first and last name on the sheet?

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shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona Author

Stacey-I will look into this and let you know what I find out. It seems to me that this would be a violation, and most offices would be found guilty. Another thing I don't like is when the nurse or tech calls out your full name when it's your turn to come back. That also seems like a violation of privacy. Anyway, I'll do some digging and get back to you!

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shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona Author

Stacey-This is what the American Medical Association says about your question:

May a physician use a sign-in sheet? Call out names in the waiting area? Place charts outside a patient's room while the patient is waiting to see the physician?

Yes. To the extent these activities result in other people learning a patient's name or other information, the disclosure would be considered "incidental" to the physician's treatment of the patient, and therefore acceptable under HIPAA.

Physicians should take appropriate precautions to limit the amount of information that might be incidentally disclosed in this manner. For example, physicians should not ask patients to list "reason for visit" on a sign-in sheet. With respect to placing charts outside of an examination room or the patient's hospital room while the patient is waiting to see the physician, the physician should take precautions such as turning the front of the chart towards the wall so others do not have the opportunity to read the front page while walking past the room.

Some offices use sticker labels that can be pulled off after you sign in, which is much better than leaving a sign in sheet out on the desk in my opinion. If you feel your privacy has been violated in any way by a health care provider, the Office for Civil Rights can assist you at 1-800-368-1019. I hope this answers your question.

Jenn 7 years ago

Is it a violation of Hipaa to call a patient by their last name in the waiting room. For example it I have to call in Denise Jones, should I say Denise or Mrs. Jones. I have a hard time calling older or elderly people by their first name. Does anyone know if this is a Hipaa violation?

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shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona Author

Hi Jenn- Calling a patient by their name in the waiting room falls under the "incidental disclosure" rule highlighted in the previous comment. It seems wrong to call out a person's full name, but according to HIPAA, it is acceptable. Of course, there's nothing wrong with using only the first or last name when calling patients from the waiting room. In fact, I think it's much less revealing to call the person's first name only. Hope this helps!

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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thanks for the informative hub. Love your dog avatar! He (or she) looks like a sweetie!

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shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona Author

Thanks for reading Peggy. He is a sweetie but a rascal sometimes too!

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moonlake 7 years ago from America

A friend of ours recently got divorced and is having problems with her medical clinic she takes the children to. She is custodial parent but when test are done and results come in they call her husband instead of her. She tells them they are suppose to call her because she is the custodial parent and she is the one that has taken the kids to see the doctor. They say to her he pays the bills. There is so much more that goes on because of what this clinic is doing it cases stress between her and her husband. This to me doesn't seem to be within Hipaa rules.

Good hub.

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shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona Author

Moonlake-sounds like a complicated situation for sure. Is going to a different clinic an option? Maybe starting fresh some place new would help. If the kids are on his insurance, I don't know if there will be any way around this. I'll see what I can dig up and post a comment when I find some helpful info for you. Thanks for reading.

zr 7 years ago

I work as a nurse in the ER of a local community hospital. In my spare time I like to blog. Sometimes an event from work strikes a thought that I would like to write about. Am I aloud to talk about procedures and diagnosis if I exclude the patients name? I have been looking around but can get no clear answer. Thanks!

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shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona Author

zr-I will look into this. My gut tells me that it's okay to use scenarios from work as long as you don't include any information that identifies or could help in identifying the patient. I'll find out for sure and let you know. Thanks for reading!

Dutchgal 7 years ago

I have an unusual Dutch first name and a simple last name. It is unbelievable how often a medical person will slaughter my first name in front of a waiting room full of people - and then ask, "did I pronounce that right?" I always point out that had they just used my last name, it would have been much easier to pronounce. It happened 3 times last week between lab, xray and office visit. Last names should be used whenever possible (since it is not against HIPAA regs) if only to show respect - and unless the last name is more difficult to pronounce than the first name. Just use common sense.

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shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona Author

Dutchgal-thanks for reading. I'm sure you get tired of hearing your name pronounced incorrectly. I agree that common sense is key, no matter which name (first or last) is used.

Sandra 7 years ago

Is it against the law for heathcare workers like certified nursing assistants that is working in a nursing home to know if their resident have any diagnosis like HIV or hep A, B, or C even though they work one on one with them?

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shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona Author

Sandra-As far as I know, disclosure of HIV status to a CNA is against the law. I know it sounds wrong. The RN taking care of the patient, on the other hand, does have a right to know because she/he is the primary care provider. Anyone who has the right to look through the patient's chart can know about HIV status. My advice to you is to ALWAYS use Universal precautions, no matter what! Protect yourself as best you can. I hope this helps.

WendyM 7 years ago

A nurse repeatedly gave my mother her blood test results in the doctor's waiting room which was full of people. When my mother complained about her privacy the nurse said all she had to do was request that her test results where given in private. Doesn't medical privacy laws already cover this? Does a patient really need to ASK for the law to be followed?

KerryClem 7 years ago

Is it against HIPAA policy for me to have my doctor's office fax my records to another doctor's office?

Diane 7 years ago

A company that I work for wants to email me patient information. Is this a violation of HIPAA rules?

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shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona Author

KerryClem- No, faxing between doctors' offices is not a HIPAA violation. You may have to fill out a form giving your permission though.

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shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona Author

WendyM and Diane, I am looking into your questions and will answer back soon!

mimiD 7 years ago

We send out letters regarding payment delinquncy, for example a letter to a patient that their account is 90 days past due. This letter does not contain personal health information other than the patients name. Recently a letter was sent that had Patient A's name at the top and in the salutation had another name. Is this a violation of Hippa?

irish girl 7 years ago

I was in the hospital recently, friends were in the room at different times of the day to visit, the second day, they had found nothing wrong with me and postponed all tests till the third day (doing nothing all day except paying for a room at the hospital!)) One of my friends went out to enquire why and a "patient advocate" came in while friends were in the room and asked about my insurance, was I paying for the bill myself, and by the way your weight is not on the chart, what is it? My friends all had a fit and the "advocate" said oh here you can just write it down on this scrap of paper. Was this a HIPPA violation of privacy or just extreme unprofessionalism?

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shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona Author

MimiD-unless there was information that could identify either person, I don't think this would be a HiPAA violation...sounds like an administrative slip.

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shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona Author

WendyM-no, you should not have to ask for your information to be kept private. That's what HIPAA is all about. That nurse was wrong to read off test results in a waiting room where other patients could easily hear.

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no body 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

shawna, I know that HIPAA was designed to protect people but I have had so many bad experiences from it. I and my first wife divorced and my daughter had many medical things that she went through as did my son and I as the non-custodial parent could know nothing about it. She had so much control and I was never informed. Also my son. They were coached never to talk to me for so long. My daughter made very important decisions that she suddenly realized she didn't have to tell her mom about either. It has been abused and is not a fair at all anymore. It is a monstrosity.

Emily F 7 years ago

I am in dental school and applying for a residency in pediatric dentistry. I'm working on my personal statement right now, and am wanting to include stories from the clinic and my experience as an assistant. Can I use first names only? Or do I have to change them? I'm talking about treatment performed in a few cases, so I'm guessing no names at all, but I thought I'd ask. Thanks for your time!

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shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona Author

I would change the names just to be safe. Good luck!

Urbino0122 7 years ago

Is using a patient's mother's last name in a report (with NO other identifying info. other than her last name) a HIPAA violation? There is no info. about the patient--no name, no age, no birthday, nothing...The patient and his mother have different last names.

urbino0122 7 years ago

By the way...I should add that this report is for the parent, but must first get approved by my supervisor and is created on my laptop.

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shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona Author

Does your supervisor have a reason to know the parent's information, i.e. is your supervisor involved in the patient's care? If so, then as long as the only people that will see the report are the parent and your supervisor, I don't see why using the last name would be a problem. However, I would stay away from having a patient's personal information on your personal laptop. If your laptop is used only at work for work, then it's not a problem. Hope this helps!

Kent 6 years ago

Two sister hospitals share one application. There is one inbound interface where both hospitals send their ADT data. In the application, a nurse picks from a patient list to admit a patient to a specific bed. Is it a HIPAA violation by the application to allow nurses to see patients at the other facility?

Choc labs 6 years ago

I was wondering if a doctors billing service could write past due in the window with my address so that anyone looking at the bill will see it in the mail. I have had this happen three times now. Is this a violation of my rights and should I seek an attorney or what? To me it's harrassment but I think they shouldn't be allowed to do it. thanks

Zavysmom 6 years ago

Is it a HIPAA violation to access your own medical records if you are also an employee?

Lala 6 years ago

When calling to confirm a patient's appointment, is it a HIPAA violation to leave a message telling them where you are calling from and what you are calling about.....example: Hi, we are calling for Nancy to confirm her appointment with us at _____ on _____. Any questions please call us _____. The reason I ask this is we are an imaging facility and call on patients that are not ours and have not signed any papers with us yet......

Dee007 6 years ago

My father is on hospice and is at home with my sister living with him. We had a neighbor that we do not know come to visit my father because he knows the hospice nurse and she told him about my father and his health and also told him that we have too many people visiting my father all day. I know this is a huge privacy violation, what can I legally do about this? I also am a nurse and I am livid that this hospice nurse would share my father's personal health information. I am also very upset with the agency. What is my recourse in this matter. Should I contact an attorney?

Erika 6 years ago

I work at a dental office and we usually give the hippa form to patients and then they sign a form. What happens when a patient refuses to sign the form? Can we still refer the patient out and talk to different doctors inregards to this patient

rb 6 years ago

I am also looking for the answer to the questions zr asked. What about writing anecdotal stories about patients on a blog as long as they don't include any identifying info?

Susan Dorroh 6 years ago

my son's pediatrician has been talking about the medications he is on at the "football field at school and with his this a violation of Hippa? what are my rights and what can we do to stop her

vols1 6 years ago

If you are writing a narrative story in English class about someone that changed your life and the story is about a patient. The instructor was complete detail about why he was there, what I done for him, and how it changed my thoughts on nursing. If I do not use his name is it okay? I wrote the whole story with no names, locations, or anything of the sort. Just his story and our experience.

podiatry 6 years ago

we would like to thank our patients for their referrals by putting their first name and last initial as recognition in our newsletter. Is this a violation of HIPAA? Or sending out thank you cards to patients referring the patient by putting their first name and last initial on the cards. Is this a violation? Thanks!

sally 6 years ago

Is it a HIPAA (breach of patient information) violation if I shared a story about a patient using a first name (her nickname, not her real first name) and only her age (not her dob, address, full name, medical condition)? I shared about how she impacted my life by reminding me how precious our life is. I shared the info on a social media site. I did not share anything other than how remarkable she is doing at her age.

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Consonus Tech 6 years ago

Thank you for that comprehensive look at HIPAA, I personally learned a few things I did not know. From my area of expertise, there are a number of IT solutions and data protection solutions to cover the electronic side of medical records. IT firms can specialize in this type of service and the best will be independently audited to ensure compliance.

Veronica 6 years ago

Are there any HIPA laws that state what the minimum requirements are for a dr's office to give a patient information over the phone? For instance our office asks for dob, address, last 4 ss#, and phone # to make sure we are speaking with correct person. This upsets some patients that we have to ask all of these questions.

Wondering22 5 years ago

I recently had to have my appendix removed.While hospitalized,I made it clear for my parents to know nothing about my drug use or substances in my system,or track marks.While still under anestesia,my surgeon went and revealed all the information I had just told him not to devulge.Is this a HIPAA violation?? If so,what can I do about it?

dthomas1919 5 years ago

My doctor's nurse called me and left a message on the phone to increase my dosage of a prescription, I've been taking for one year. It is Coumadin and the dose she told me "continue taking" was fatal. I brought it to her attention and she denied every leaving such message. Now my doctor is refusing to do simple things such as filling out disability paperwork for me. I've been declared permanently disabled for 8 years. He feels that I'm not disabled [due in part to his nurses' personality clash with patients]. I have a degenerative spinal condition, asthma, arthritis, post traumatic stress, ADHD, migraines, 7 herniated discs, 3 cervical & 4 lumbar, and I have a lesion inside my spinal cord at C2 which has been monitored for the past five years. I am also a post operative spine patient with L4 L5 S1 discectomy from 1996. Should I seek legal counseling?

DMD66 5 years ago

I use to work in an environment that gave direct care to individuals with developmental disabilities. How does HIPAA affect these individuals in this type of setting? I question this because if I am giving direct care to someone that has a contagious disease or anything of that nature then shouldn't I be made aware of this for my protection? PLease help.

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jordan Miller 5 years ago

The only problem with HIPAA and the nationalization of our electronic medical records is that we have all now lost our ability to ever get an unbiased second opinion ever again. All doctors now have instant online access to the medical notes from all doctors you have ever seen before across the nation. It is impossible to get an unbiased opinion anymore. Unfortunately, doctors are using this to cover up for one another as well.

Brian Tocco 5 years ago

I was hired as a consultant for an health care firm to do regression testing. I ws very surprised to find that the company was using real claims with real patient data including patient name and address. I notified my immediate reports that this was a hipaa violation. I also informed them that they could not print out these forms and leave thenm laying around the print station. In addition, they would trow printed claims in their trash and not shread them. Two days latter I received a call from the directtor that my project was discontinued and services no longer required. Am I wrong? are these not Hipaa violations? Should I report this firm? these test cases reside on the webbase HP Quality Center.

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shawna.wilson 5 years ago from Arizona Author

Brian-Yes, leaving patient information "laying around" for all to see is a violation. Throwing the papers in the trash is also a violation. Printed private information has to be shredded. Good for you-you stood up for people who don't even know their rights are being violated.

Ashley 5 years ago

I have a patient who is NPO, and found nursing continues to provide food and fluids. I posted a sign communicating the pt may not have anything by mouth. The DON has requested it be removed as it is a HIPPA violation. Should I remove the signs?

Rachel 5 years ago

Our chiropractor sent a mass email from his office with a lot of patients names and email addresses in the CC. not the BCC. Is this a HIPPA violation?

Pat 5 years ago

Is it against Hipaa Regulations to tell a patient what doctor is working in the office that day?

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shawna.wilson 5 years ago from Arizona Author

No, that isn't a violation if you ask me.

Rachel 5 years ago

Shawna-Is this comment towards Pat or me?

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shawna.wilson 5 years ago from Arizona Author

Sorry Rachel, that comment was for Pat.

As far as emailing, the American Medical Association says that "Physicians may use any method of communication — including e-mail, oral conversations, written letters, or other methods (including sending facsimiles) — so long as the physician uses "reasonable and appropriate safeguards" to protect the communication."

Was there any private health information in the email or was it just names and email addresses? Obviously using BCC would have been the best in this situation. The chiropractor did not safeguard his patients' names and email addresses.

If there wasn't any private health information in the email about the individuals, then I'm inclined to say it isn't a violation. That doesn't mean it's okay. I wouldn't want my email sent out that way either. Hope this helps.

Rachel 5 years ago

Thanks Shawna! It does help. We wouldn't have done anything about it, because we love our chiropractor! We were just wondering.

amylauren 5 years ago

I have a question about doctors publishing medical records including lab work, disease history, mental disease history and actual quotes from a patient. Can a doctor publish all things I have just mentioned without permission from the patient? Does it constitute a Hipaa violation? If so can the patient (who by the way is furious and found an article about herself online by pure accident)file a lawsuit besides a complaint?

mjasfca 5 years ago

My company does billings for the health product we sell. Oftentimes the company being billed (not the person who received the product, and sometimes their employer) asks us for the initials of the person so that they can identify whose bill they are paying. We've never provided it as it seems like it is a HIPAA violation. But is it really? Thanks! Michael

HIPAAhelp 5 years ago

If an employee states "Ms. Smith is looking well today" is that a HIPPA violation if it is said in the hospital but another person heard it? I don't know if that makes sense or not. If a person only uses the last name of the patient and does not give any other information out. Is that person in violation of HIPAA?

KCarr1111 5 years ago

Is it illegal for a doctor who is going out of business to sell patient names and addresses? He is not selling his practice, just wants to sell the patient names and addresses.

KCarr1111 5 years ago

Can a doctor sell his patient names and addresses?

He is going out of business, not selling his practice and wants to sell his patient names and addresses.

chad petersen 5 years ago

hi my name is chad im disabled with my disorders iv been on disability for over 20 years and taking medication all my life for these disabilities i have to live a normal live my girlfriend has a different doctor in the same office as i do we both have aoda problem on top of that she went in to the hosiptal she told her doctor she was using cocaine when she left the hospital a week later i went to see my doctor to get my meds and for my monthly visit he asked me to give him a urine sample i asked him why he was asking me that and he said he heard in his office that i might be using drugs also. i found out later from him that my girlfriends doctor told him about why she was there for and about her test results to and showed me her results and made a desission on me. so i told him yea i used and he then took me of the med i have been taking for so many years to better my life and told me to find another doctor..and now i cant get one nd are in need of one all because of my girlfriends test results.. i think both doctors broke both my and my girlfriends confidentiality laws what do i do it is a matter of life and death without my meds and a doctor ..i need advice

CharissaO 5 years ago

Question #1: Is it a HIPAA violation to say a patient name and DOB out loud in front of people in a waiting area while I'm on the phone with an insurance company?

Question #2: Is it a HIPAA violation to ask for a patients ZIP code if the patient is sitting in the waiting area and is aprox about 15 feet away AND one other patient is present?

medical11 5 years ago

What are the HIPAA guidelines for a nursing-home saving resident's medical records on line? Where can I find the rules that guide privacy?

Timber 5 years ago

I work at an endoscopy center and everyday we call the patient's who are scheduled the next day to confirm their appointments. Is it against HIPPA to state in a message or to a friend/family member what doctor's office I'm calling from and what procedure is scheduled?

queen59 5 years ago

What is HIPPA rule for giving out information about a delusional person to their family member

anonymous 5 years ago

Hi. My primary physician seemed not to believe I was seriously ill for awhile. Turns out I have fybromyalgia, spinal stenosis with nerve damage, hyperglycemia, anemia, hypothyroidism and other chronic conditions. I've been told I need spinal surgery, and probably a hysterectomy. About a year ago, he wrote a pretty nasty narrative, calling it "doctor's notes", described my symptoms as "dramatic", and used several psychiatric terms to label my behavior, which I believe only a psychiatrist is qualified to judge. He included personal information regarding money owed I "felt" was owed to me by my employer. It was - and I eventually received it. Since discovering my numerous conditions, he's been much nicer. I recently retired, applied for disability, and requested my medical records. This terrible narrative was included in my copy of my records, and I believe was sent to Disability. Can you advise?

Suz 5 years ago

I have been mandated to my employers EAP program based on perceptions of mental illness. It states that my supervisor is required to be at the meeting-- is having a third part who is also your direct supervisor a violation of HIPAA laws or the ADA? The sooner the response the better-- Thank you

janice brash 5 years ago

I work in a dental office and a friend of a friend became a patient of ours. One time she had to cancel an appointment because she was sick and I called my friend to tell her about this and that maybe she could help her as she lives downstairs from the patient. Can I be sued for this for breaking the HIPPA rules?

NVE 5 years ago

If someone, say your mother signs a HIPAA (share form) and allows all 4 of her children access to her health information... is it always "good"? Does it only apply to an individual facility? Does it need to be signed yearly?


marissa 5 years ago

Not sure if this questions was already asked but, A co-worker of mine has outside friendships with a large majority of patients in our office, to the extent of having them over her house and partying with them. Also her husband is patient there does she violate hipaa in any way?

mommyof2 5 years ago

A girl that I was friends with works in a drs office and she recently shared with our circle of friends that a lady who is seen by a dr in her office has aids how would I report her for this she is the receptionist and shouldn't know this kind of information she even told us the patients name

Sandra 5 years ago

We are a medical office in building with another medical office. We are separate offices but have a common waiting room and reception area. There is no glass in this area. Are we in HIPPA violation when our receptionist calls and refers patients for procedure or other physicians and they have to give out demographic info and medical info sometimes that can be heard in the wating area as well as by the other office receptionist. Also, she scans in medical records and sometimes leave them out on the desk. Thanks.

Lisa P  5 years ago

I filled out a medical release form to have my records transferred to my new OB's office. A few weeks later the old one called to tell me they did not have a release from me to transfer records and I needed to fill one out in order to get them sent. This means they lost my original release form with all my personal info, including social security number. Violation or not b/c I'm about to go nuts on them. Thanks.

Babe 5 years ago

I found out about a week ago that my information was link out verbely by an employee that works at the ob clinc that i go to and thee employee told a patient that gos there as well and that patient told a friend of mine and that friend told me and all the information was true i know that it is a HIPPA violation can i do something

about it and how can i go about???

renee 5 years ago

does a nurse have the right to give lab results from you drug testing reults?

BSimpson 5 years ago

I went in for a diagnostic mammogram and after waiting what seemed like forever for results the nurse stood outside the room and called us by name gave our results. I was floored. Granted we were all there for mammograms but to tell us we were fine, had cysts, needed further pictures and so on was just beyond me. I felt like cattle being pushed though. There was no asking questions about MY status, what was seen, what they saw the first time. Is it not breaking HIPAA law to announce our results in front of a room full of people and walk off???

Debbie 5 years ago

Thank your very much for your information on names in a waiting room. It was very helpful as my doctor has a section on his forms referring to just that topic!

charles 5 years ago

is it illegal if I call the nursing home to see how my mother is doin.and they tell me that they cant give out that information because its against the hippa law. I, live 250 miles frome the nursing home. if its illegal can I file a complaint and what agency to I have to contact.

mek 5 years ago

is it a hippaa violation if the office manager comes out in the waiting room and discusses your co pays and why the doctor will not treat me if I dont pay them before the procedure. The waiting room was filled with patients

Deborah 5 years ago

if a boyfreind is being given info about a delusioanl pt and nurses not informing family contact about a serious decline and allowing neglect to continue is that a violation of hippa and civil rights?

james s. 4 years ago

hi shawna wilson my name is james and i went to see my doctor today on 11/15/2011 and well i was an hour late to my appointment well the dr came up front to get her next patient and well i asked if there was any news on my mri of my brain well she had said out loud in the lobby that there was a few things found on my results but she could not see me for 2 weeks just wanting to know of what she did was it illegal cause i think she broke all patient rights by saying it in front of other patients if anyone could help i would really appreciate it thanks

DC 4 years ago

Is it legal for a 'Check-Out' receptionist at a Dr.'s Office to inform the patient that she needs a drug test, and ask the Office manager if she can perfom the test? This was extremely embarrassing. I was not given the opportunity to ask questions, it was not revealed to me in private. I asked the Office manager what I was signing my name to, she said to make sure I am not over doing my meds, and making sure I am not breaking the law, whatever that means. It was extremely uncomfortable to say the least.

Sharron 4 years ago

I have to email Clinicians from 2 agencies with then names of patients we are going to cover in case conference so that not everyone needs to show up if their patient is not on the list.

I use the last name and first name initals only. Is this a violation of the HIPPA law. I say no, others say yes.

concerned observer 4 years ago

if a doctors tech is making a copy of the appointment book and calling patients from their home to confirm appointments...isn't that considered a breech in patient confidentiality and a hipaa violation?

femail 4 years ago

dr required pt to sign forms and pt has no time to read. pt was told they would be given copies in envelope.. pt opened envelope when home and there no papers.suggestions?

Jean 4 years ago

Can I mail a reminder card (not in envelope) for WCC for child with their name obviously shown in the address area of the card?

Dottie 4 years ago

Is it a HIPPA violation for a public school nurse to call and obtain information from Hospice regarding a parent of a student? And after receiving the information to share it with the staff and employees of the school.....

Dottie 4 years ago

Is it a HIPAA violation for a public school nurse to call a Hospice provider for information regarding a student's parent and after receiving information to go ahead and share it with all the school employees, even the Janitor. This is just disgusting.

MWoods 4 years ago

I have a relative that works for a drs office. She searches the computer everyday for other family members that go to the ER, why they are there, and what they are given, diagnoses and prescriptions. Then she tells other family members that private information. What can I do to make sure she doesn't do this to me?

clfugere 4 years ago

In August 2011 I was drugged and raped. While receiving medical care at our local hospital a man I had only dated once found out this what had happened to me. He came up to the hospital demanding to see me and the turned him away because he did not have any of my personal information. I was told that he left in a rage. He went to his neighbors home knowing that she worked at the hospital and had her call to get my personal information including my last name and room number. He returned to the hospital with this information and was allowed to go through the security doors that lead to the room I was in. He frighten me and it was the beginning of a personal hell for over 4 months. Our government may have these laws in place yet I was not protected by them during a tramatic event in my life. How can this happen?

4 years ago

If your child broke their wrist and you discussed what the doctors told you with other parents if this illegal?

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shawna.wilson 4 years ago from Arizona Author

Not unless your child is over 18.

becca29 4 years ago

i would like to get an answer on a question that is bugging me...

i work at a hospital and i answer phones a person called and said she had a missed call from this number. i paged her name and said she was on line 5 and if you called her to please answer line 5 did i break a hippa rule?

t jones 4 years ago

is it a vilation to ask patients in the waiting area what type of test they are for. (ie x-ray, ultrasound, mammogram)

my employer is trying to cut down on wait time and to track which dept is the problem they go to the waiting room and ask "who has been waiting for over 20 minutes" then the patients that say "i am" are asked "what type of test are you for"

Shrokmanmarsh 4 years ago

I have a question. My last name is hyphenated due to the fact that there is a cousin by marriage with the same identical name in our town. We also live in a very rural area so we use the same doctors within a 60 mile radius. I try to emphasize that there are two of us with the same similar name in the same town and my name is hyphenated. Several times my Dr. office calls her. Whether it is to tell her she has glasses to pick up or they need to speak with me regarding something.Has left mail for her in her name and not mine, that was for me. With her address and not mine. Even to the point to when I came into the hospital in labor- having a baby, they picked up her records instead of mine. They were shocked. Can you tell me what I should do? It is becoming a real issue over the past year and am tired of it. I specifically hyphenated my name not only due to having someone in the family with the same exact name but for work also to keep us apart. this has been an ongoing ordeal for almost 10 years. Thanks.

BabyDoll0205 4 years ago from Wappingers Falls, New York

Is there a legal requirement for how often we have a patient complete their medical history in a dental office? (We currently use every 2 years but I can't find any straight answers on if this is a legal requirement either through the Federal government or through NY State)

lab girl 4 years ago

Is it ok to have more than one patient in a drawing room at the same time for blood draws? What does HIPPA say about this?

Leah 4 years ago

We are having some issues getting claims to process without social security numbers as most of out patients either do not want to give out their SSN or they only want to give last 4 digits. Is there a law or rule that we can show our patients that we do infact need their SSN?

curiousvisitor 4 years ago

Is it ok for a hospital to post medical precaution signs in a patient's room, i.e., visually/hearing impaired, 2 person trasfer, etc...

Wow 4 years ago

Can a nurse go into your records take your address and give it to the city police for her own gain because she is trying to take you to small court. Her personal reson.!!! And can I sue her and the hospital for it.!!

mary 4 years ago

my Ex Dr is giving out information on my health care to my husband I feel this is a violation of HIPPA he says that since we are married that HIPPA does not apply I have never signed a release to allow him to talk to anyone

Hunter236 4 years ago

I work at a hotel/convention center with the security/first aid team. Often times we have guests that are members of a large convention that have personal medical issues and contact us for assistance. The hotel's convention contact and the group's contact often ask that we fill them in on any group members that have medical incidents. By doing so, are we in violations of Hipaa?

runt 4 years ago

I work in a office where I was seen by a doctor who I work for. I did not want to be seen there as I was worried some co workers would possibly be in my chart) He promised me he would document and close the chart right away which he did, but approx 4 and 6 hours later 2 coworkers went into my chart. Management and HR said they could be in my chart since these nurses also are on the same team as the doctor. I'm upset since the physician did not need any help from either of these nurses. What can I do? I'm humilated.

Jojo 4 years ago

I recently gave birth to my girls. The whole time I was at the hospital, a friend's ex (who works in dr's office) was giving play by play of my progress to our friend. This gal is not supposed to be giving out personal info, to anyone, and has definitely gone against my rights. What steps should I take into looking into this and protecting my rights? Thank you.

JO 4 years ago

Can an office worker ask what you take certain meds for? I was standing at counter trying to make an appt. and was asked why I took something. I was then told she could not make me an appt. without the drs. approval because I was taking medication. This is the first time something like this has happened to me before.

mel 4 years ago

I just have a quick question that I hope can be answered here. Is there anything illegal about asking for a patient's ID or insurance info in the waiting room before they are seen by a doctor in the ER? Does the patient have to be registered before this information can be obtained? I have been told this is true but I can't find any info on the veracity of this claim. Thanks so much for your help.

Mikiella 4 years ago

During a routine visit with my physician I mentioned that he be careful because one of his patients is abusing her prescription and using it recreationally. Is that a HIPAA violation? I thought the conversation between the physician and I was confidential, however the physician told the abusing patient and specifically said that I said it.

HAWK 4 years ago

I want to ask a question. if a person that works at a doctor office says to a parent of a child i hope that our child feels better is that a violation of HIPPA. The other parent didn't know that the child had been to the doctor office. so when i said that i hope his child feel better he asked was his son at the doctor office. i never said that i was the person to take him back or never looked in the patient records. i only said that i saw them as i was leaving out i don't know if he was sick or not. can someone answer this for me

DR.1 4 years ago

I have recently emailed the Dr.(owner) of the private practice I have previously been employed with, requesting patient files of patients I had seen, in order to complete my Board Exam submissions. This Dr. claims I have violated HIPA law. Is this true?

Stacey 4 years ago

Does doctor have right to delete pregnancy test that was sent to lab of your medical record if they done it by mistake

Neta 4 years ago

My adult daughter is currently hospitalized. When she was admitted, she was alone. The staff admitting her and connecting all necessary medical machines thought my daughter was asleep. During this time, they talked about her condition, stopped and didn't complete connections, left her uncovered and proceeded to go out into the hallway and tell other staff of her conditions. I had a nurse on duty tell me the following day she heard the two staffers telling others from down the hallway. Naturally, my daughter is upset and this is deterring her from healing. Was this action not prohibited and outside of the boundaries of The HIPPA law? I've addressed it to upper management. Their standing is that my daughter will not be treated as such ever again. What can I do to ensure no one else in this hospital will ever be treated as tho they have the plague?

Mallory 4 years ago

She may be the custodial parent, but he still has parental rights. As long as a parent has their parental rights intact, it is against the law for the custodial parent or doctors office to withhold medical information from the other parent.

mg3 4 years ago

hi wanted to know my sister takes her kids to an urgent care were one of the kids daddys new girlfriend works at during one of their custody arguments went to court and he filed paperwork from the urgent care that she provided him with no release this happened a oouple of years ago but i was wondering what can be done? we talked to one of the supervisors and he went on and on about how she is so great and they have had her over for diner and such but nothing was done no reprimand no nothing . to clarify she has and bites that she got at a park and they filed all the paperwork from her visits to the urgent care to show she is a bad mom which needless to say she still has custody but can you give me your advise please

Denise 4 years ago

Is it against Hippa laws to take a patients phone number , that I thought I already had, home with me to call her for a medical reason about myself.? Her husband is a neuro surgeon in NY and I wanted a referral for NJ? My boss has threatened to fire me unless I sign a paper that I did this because she doesn't want me to get paid unemployment .

ryleighmom 4 years ago

I work in a chiropractic office and we are working on putting together a before and after photobook of some of our patients x-rays. We are not using any names or initials. The only information provided will be age and gender. Do we need signed releases in order to print these x-rays even without the use of patient names?

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pammyjoe 4 years ago

At a recent office visit, the receptionist called out to me from across the room. She called me by my first and last name, asked if I still had (insurance coverage), and was asking if my phone number was still...I made it to the window before she could call that out too. I understand that use of first and last names are incidental information. But is she not at the very least placing the provider and the agency an a slippery slope toward violation with her oral announcement of addresses and contact numbers? One would think that common sense, a respect for patient privacy, and decency would lead the staff to take a more descreet approach to confirm information. But is she not on the brink of more than disrepect whether it is intentional or not?

Laurie 4 years ago

I've been going to my gyno's office since I was 16, I'm now 23 and pregnant it was last summer when I went for a initial blood work I saw that my husband's ex-girlfriend began working there as a medical assistant at the front desk. When I spoke with my Dr. at that visit she told he that she didn't have access to my medical records, and could only see my address, contact info, and insurance info. Then today i go in for my 34 week apt my husbands ex was the one who took me to my room took my blood pressure and weight. I asked my I told my dr. again the situation and she said she does have access to my records. Why was there not a note made that I didn't want her caring for me after my talk initially last summer with the dr. and I have some information I do not want her to know, becuase she may tell others. Is any of this a violation of HIPPA or can I take any action to protect myself.

orangetv 4 years ago

A doctor that I was seeing for a short time happened to be a distant relative of mine. There was a problem that arose and he terminated me as a patient. (Moral- don't see a family member as your doctor.) Anyway, his 12 year old son contacted me a few days later. He knew I had been a patient of his dad's and knew I was terminated from his dad's practice. He kept trying to talk to me about it but I did not feel that it was a child's business. I later found out that other members of my family knew I had been a patient and knew I had been terminated. I did not want these people to know I was seeing this doctor. I signed a HIPPA agreement when I first established care. This all feels very invasive. Has this doctor violated the HIPPA agreement by telling family members that I was his patient and that he terminated the doctor-patient relationship?

Bfs Caretaker 4 years ago

I'm guardian of my sister who is mentally retarded & I attend all her appointments. She lives in a group home and they're telling me they must be in the doctors exam room with her and I. I can't find anything that says they can or can't. Do you know where I can find this information?

Gregg 4 years ago

A relative worked for a clinic and accessed my medical records with sensitive information against my approval, she has done this with other relatives and friends of the family. She was fired after the hospital found out she was doing this. Do I have a case?

Kenn. Let me begin byy Carlson 4 years ago

i know you will ask for how much $ I can pay if the info is helpful. Let me preface this by saying I'm a 15 year college veteran. I am now fully disabled making (barely) $800/mo so I can't really pay anything. If you're willing to do this for me for the hell of, I'd appreciate it. I have numerous diseases/medical issues, many of which cause pain.GERD, hiatyl hernia, T12-S1 degen disk disease, L4-L5 diskectomy/laminectomy w/ BAK cages (which have since failed), had an MI at 36 y.o, bilateral carpel tunnel, osteoarthritis, bilateral avascular necrosis (L full replacement), cirrhosis, hepatomegaly (MY LIVER RESTS ON MY PELVIS), Advanced liver failure, bleeding esophogeal varices, bad spleen, pancreas, gall bladder, numbness in lower extremities (haven't felt my feet in 5+ years) now I'm gettin unhealing pressure ulcers, had a hydrocele repaired 2years ago july, now I have an inguinal hernia w/ appx 7" of intestine going down and the hanging a u turn to reenter my abdomen (by looking at my groin, it looks as if I have a grapefruit sized testicle), ascites fluid that enters my "boys" off and on, severe edema in my left foot (the one w/pressure ulcer), my teeth have all decided to jump ship, I have major depression, manic depression, anxiety, and panic disorder. I have been on pharmaceutical or black market opiates for 25+ years for pain control. I had been illicit free for 12 years until my hernia (btw they claim I don't have a hernia...just loops of intestine in my inguinal canal! Huh? Like telling a dentist you have a cavity & he says, " no...that's not a cavity, it's a great rotting hole in your tooth)...anyway my doctor slipped in a drug screen w/o my knowing it (don't I need to be informed of this?) anfd subsequently cut me off ALL pain meds, anxiety meds, muscle relaxers, etc. Is that legal;/ethical/appropriate? Finally I received a letter from her about my drug test results and her "dissapointment" with my dishonesty. Let me add that I've told her twice when I relapsed and she nhelped me through it. I NEVER concealed my history of addiction, and was happily using rx meds vs iv black tar to control pain. When my tolerance reached the limit of her willingness to perscribe higher dosed, I asked for Opana (which I've taken before). She refused, sayinf "well it's jusy morphine (hydro morphone), so why not just take morphine? I begged her NOT to give that to me as 1. it was ineffective in the past. 2. it tended to make me relapse easier than other meds. She gave me an rx for 450 morphine continuois release tablets. By the end of the month, I was using herion again after 10+ years of avoiding using it. I wondered , if, as she said, "they're both morphine" then why couldn't I take the variant that worked instead of the rx that I KNEW would be problematic. My hippa question is: when my doctor dictates a letter to be sent to me, the secretary/assistant now becomes prive to all things in the letter, without my approval. In my case failing a drug test, having a drug history, and basically all of my personal/private info that was in the letter. Is this a hippa violation? Is her behavior (cutting me off all opiates) and sending me into severe withdrawl. That was, until I looked up an old heroin dealer for very xpensive, illegal pills/etc. Being thrown into withdrawl is a danger for my heart, my hepatic blood pressure, and going back to street narcotics/syringes/illegality, etc. She put me at risk of further screwing up my liver, shortening my lifespan, exposing me to diseases, putting me at risk for arrest, etc. Is this a violation of malpractice, lack of ethical practices, bad faith dr/patient relations, etc?

Pleas advise as best u can. THX.

Kenny Carlson

shala 4 years ago

I would like to know if an email that is sent to your supervisor that contains patients information such as name and diagnosis can be used as evidence in a court without deleting the patients name?

fried nurse 4 years ago

Every doctor's office I've ever been to insists on you signing in on a board with your first and last name and also calling you aloud when the dr is ready to see you.

I believe that is a violation of our privacy.

My worst experience is though a very personal one. I got sick at work and another employee (not my supervisor)took it upon herself to call my dr and ask him if I was claiming a worker's comp claim (which I wasn't)and he called her! I complained to the HIPPA compliance officers at the medical place where I worked snd also to the dr's office. Got nowhere. Apparently this part of the law is unenforceable?

Laurie 4 years ago

What is HIPAA rule on disclosing financial information from old dentist to new dentist?

Idontknow 4 years ago

Does anyone know if it is in volation of Hippa to use patient initials. Also what about listing the name of drugs?

Commit204 4 years ago

Dose the HIPPA laws stop you from knowing that a person is located at that hospital?

Michelle 4 years ago

Hello, I have a question about the Hipaa laws, If you are a nursing assistant and you are providing care to a resident that has a disease like AIDS/HIV do you as the person providing cares to that resident have the right to know what the person has? I understand that universal precautions are to be used at all times with every resident but shouldn't the person providing cares be aware of such diseases to be extra cautious with that person? Thanks

Mommy3 4 years ago

My doctors office sent out a bulk email to all their patients inviting them to "like" their Facebook page, however ALL the patients personal email addresses were viewable by ALL who received the email. Is this a Hippa violation, divulging personal information in this manner?

jr2012 4 years ago

Is this topic still alive(Active)?

stress 4 years ago

Hi , I work in a DR's office I do medical records I accidently mailed a report that didn't belong to a patient I told my boss about it her and the cao and human resources person had me signe a writte up and they moved me to another position and they said I have to wait for the state to give them an answer in 10 can I get fired for this human error. I mean I already got moved to another position .

Robert 4 years ago

If your spouse goes to see your doctor for themselves and then the doctor says oh your so and so's wife and then starts to discuss your medications and with your spouse and also discusses the state of your mental health, meaning stress, this has to be a HIPPA Violation? My wife told me about this and she already knew what medications I took so it wasn't a shock to her but the fact that the doctor discussed me was just wrong to do. I want to know the proper way to file a complaint and can I sue him for this. My wife was as shocked as I was that he discussed me so openly. Just because it's a spouse doesn't mean they can do this right?

marie 4 years ago

Hi just have a question. Is toyos a Hipparchus violation if my son'biological father's family sends my genetic testing to my. Husband's mother without my. Permission?

Jamie 4 years ago

Is it a HIPAA violation if an unknown patient is admitted to the hospital after they commit a crime and the social worker ask law enforcement to fingerprint the patient so they can reach family? Or does law enforcement have to request the fingerprints? Also if the patient had not did any crime but was still unknown can a hospital social worker ask law enforcement for helping in identfting a patient by fingerprinting? If yo ucan let me know where is the HIPAA law you find this information I would be greatful.

ErrantEMail 4 years ago

I received a targeted email from a dermatologist; the email was address to what is clearly a sub-set of his practice [due to the low number of email addresses], and was explicitly discussing a specific medical treatment associated with a specific medical condition, and inviting the recipient to join a medical study on that condition.

The inference I took, and anyone else reading the email, is that the email was directed to a sub-set of patients with that medical condition.

Unfortunately, due to the stupidity of the MD, he exposed all the addresses using "To" or "cc", rather than "BCC". This is a common, but avoidable, practice which exposes all recipients to broadcast emails.

I believe that this MD violated HIPAA rules, and additionally, email/commercial privacy laws in this State.

How do you regard the HIPAA violation?

Linda 4 years ago

I know doctor's are held to certain compliances and legalities, but I am trying to find information to show patients when the balk at filling out information sheets. Can you tell a patient they MUST fill out the insurance information section even if we scan their insurance card? what about the fraud aspect of staff helping a patient that is capable of filling out the form but present conflict when asked?

catwoman219 4 years ago

I was recently urine tested in march and I was quite sick with vomiting and the runs, it came back none of my pain pills in my urine then again in april it said the same thing no way I was in the hospital for 6 days and they were giving me my meds also, I take my meds but even after bringing this to the administrators attention they still kicked me out , And by the way my urine cups were never labled when I turned the cups over to the nurse, now I cant find another doctor cause this is in my chart any suggestions, if they didn't show up in my urine then something happened, also Im on 80 milligrams of lasik and take BP med with a diuretic in it could this maybe of affected the test

smiesmom 4 years ago

I received notification from a local hospital that my file had been viewed by someone on the staff who had no reason to access my information. This person has been fired. I feel very violated. Do I have any recourse?

mike 4 years ago

can i be assured that if i go to the hospital to have an abcess treated that was caused from iv drug use the hospital does not have the right to inform my primary care unless i say it is ok and sign a waiver or something of that nature. this is a fairly urgent matter butt i am very concerned that the hospital will inform my doctor!

cora 4 years ago

Several months ago we had very ill patient with very aggressive cancer. Patients wife was requesting results of a specific mutation done on biopsy to see if patient was elible to take a treatment. We played phone tag several times and I wanted to let her know what results were at the end of the day. She gave me a call back number and voicemail identified her. Basically I said " This is Cora with Dr. D. office, I'm sorry that I have missed your calls and just wanted to let you know the ...... was negative. Please call me back when you get this message and I can explain it to yyou more." She called me back within in a couple minutes to let me know she got the message. She was upset because it was negative but say anything about the message. Over the next couple of days the patient and family came for appointment. Patients liver was failing within about 3 weeks of initial consult. Patient very angry at Dr. D and they mentioned that lab result being left on answering machine was a Hippa violation. They were verbally abusive to Dr. D. Now months after this incident I received a call from risk management that this patient wants to file a complaint about a hippa violation. If I didn't give specic patient imformation is that a hippa violation?

Chuck 4 years ago

I work as a data entry operator & i have access to patient's personal information,i had doubts regarding a certain update & since i could not contact my manager in the office i sent an email (through my personal account) mentioning the query along with patient's name & date of birth...please do let me know whether i have violated HIPAA agreement.

frank 4 years ago

i work in a psych unit in a hospital. we get our patients from the er. is it a hippa violation for me to walk through the er on my break and talk to other workers and security(not talk about patient info!) the e.r. is giving me a hard time saying i am scouting for patients.

Lanette 4 years ago

I sent a Company my medical information, ssn and address about a month ago. I was waiting on them to respond by email or even by phone. I get a phone call around 8:30 in the morning, this person is telling me that she has all my personal information such as my ssn, address and medical information that the Company I sent this to had. she stated that they sent it to her by mistake. she also stated that she called the company to inform them of their mistake and what should she do with my information but they didn't ask her to send my information back. So she call me and I asked her to please send me my information. well the company still have not called me to inform me that they sent my information to the wrong person. Do I have a case against this company?

Michael C 4 years ago

I am a custodial parent and cannot verify medical coverage under my ex's plan. I cannot locate her to discuss and the insurance agency refuses to discuss my child's eleigibilty claiming HIPAA. How is this so? I cant verify if my child has insurance?

dski57 4 years ago

What are my rights if my insurance company sent sensitive medical information to a hospital with no interest in my condition?

dski57 4 years ago

What can I do if my health insurance company sent sensitive medical information to a hospital that has no interest in my treatment?

Frustrated Student Nurse 4 years ago

Can a social worker release the social security numbers and cell of a person who has Medical Power of Attorney over a minor child to a Child Protective Officer?

STACEY R. 4 years ago

Is it against HIPPA for a provider to bring home a patients chart to complete medical notes for what treatment was done that day?

nayef 4 years ago

hi my question is that is it a HIPAA violation to send lab results of the patients to their mails.

Marie 4 years ago

Recently I was hospitalized on the mental health unit . I was seen at the hospital by a dr that I had never seen before and was only there for 3 days.upon leaving he suggested I follow up with comp care. The day after I left the hospital my soon to be x husband went to the dr office( not the hospital) and got a statement from the dr that read ... To whom it may concern ..... Ms ? Has been hospitalized under my care. Ms? Is no longer able to care for her children due to medical reasons. If you have any questions you may contact my office at the above listed numbers. Is this a hippa violation? Please let me know.

Sandra 4 years ago

Is it a violation of hippa if im the patient sign the hippa policy but i myself talk about my medical condition.. have a friend arguing with me about this i dont think it is a violation since im the patient but he says once he signs the hippa policy that he is unger and agreement not to say anything about his medical condition.. never heard of this before..

Michelle 4 years ago

What is Hippa law regarding a nurse providing her lawyer with patient records/information in order to state her case and for possible witness testimony and what if the patient/witness is found to be deceased?

julie 4 years ago

is it ok for a father to call his sons psychiatrist and inform him of behaviors he is seeing at home from the son. these behaviors are dangerous and could result in a suicide attempt by the son who is 30 years old. in short can a provider of menatal health services listen to information regarding one of his patients without giving information out, or is that not legal?

Tom 4 years ago

What is hippa

Denise C. 4 years ago

I am legal guardian of a 17 year old boy with a mental illness. He is in a psychiatric hospital at the present time in crisis. The Psychiatrist refuses to keep me informed as to his status. Never advises me about the medications she is placing him on. The hospital provides little or no communication with me or his case manager. We do not even know when he will be released or where he will go because we have not been included. I would say my rights have been violated. What say you?

Regan 4 years ago

Are pharmacy's in violation of HIPPA if they have no line or barrier for people who are waiting in line to keep the next person from standing right next to them as they receive/pay for there prescriptions?

PracAdmin 4 years ago

We are having an issue with independent contractor MD and therapist wanting a list of their patients and their addresses to send notifications to those people that they are leaving our practice and changing addresses. Can we give them this list? What should I do.


Christine 4 years ago

I work in a hospice and I am interested in finding out if it is a HIPPA violation to forward along a thank you card from the family of a deceased patient to the referring physician as a way of thanking him for the referral and sharing directly with him the appreciation of the family.

straightforward 4 years ago

Ken Carlson, I can't believe you are blaming the doc for the damages that you have done to your body.

Marina 4 years ago

What about a medical assistant ask for a oatients chart and has never treated the patient what rule are they breaking

devon 4 years ago

HOPE HOPE you can respond, but i am concerned and wondering if this is a violation of my privacy.

should it be acceptable for an office assistant to ask invasive questions that are not relevant to making an actual appointment?

i had a pregnancy early in the year and it ended and i don't like to talk about this, not even with close family. the receptionist then insisted i tell her about HOW the pregnancy ended, which I guess i feel is out of her realm of "need-to-know" and into the realm of "making-me-incredibly-uncomfortable".......i don't think she should have a right to ask such invasive questions that don't change my appointment situation....just seemed to serve her curiosity....

Carol 4 years ago

One of my patients was on the phone with his attorney. He handed the phone to me and asked me to speak with his attorney. I was put on the spot! Afterwards I asked him to sign an affidavit that he requested me to talk to his attorney and had given me permission to speak with her, and I also had him sign a release of information form for any future issues such as this. Am I guilty of violating HIPAA, since he wanted me to speak to the attorney, I was caught off guard, but obtained his signature for that conversation after the fact?

concerned parent 4 years ago

hippa is a slow process. family and friends discovered in my house private information left behind from a person on more than 150 patients. reported it to the hospital she works for and guess what. she still works there like nothing happened! should i go to public media to resolve this?

Frankie 4 years ago

What if your supervisor looks at your husbands records or appointment on the system computer to tell you that the procedure you said you need to take time off to drive your husband home, isn't true that there is no procedure that day. When you ask them how do they know. They don't give an answer. The reason why it isn't in our seystem is because the procedure was referred to another doctor that isn't in our health system. Did that supervisor break hippa violation? What if this supervisor is a Hippa coordinator, are they above the law? What actions can be taken?

cujo2956 3 years ago

A patient has filed a complaint against a pharmacy technician. The technician is accused of violation of the Heath Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by leaving messages on the answering machine stating that the patient’s prescription is ready, but does not leave specific information concerning the medication or disease state. Has there been a violation? If so, what and why?

Chap 3 years ago

I recently shared with my adult daughter about a patient I had attended to, that was very emotional for me (I'm a chaplain). I never mentioned the patient's name, and very little about the situation. My daughter raised her voice to me and said "Are you supposed to be saying this???" and I said it was ok, since I didn't mention a name. Was I breaking the HIPAA law or not?

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