Re: [GIWorld-Hepatitis] Anne...HIPPA
- I'll get on my soap box for just a few minutes about HIPAA
In all of my years of seeing doctors in different states, I have always had
to sign a release with/for them if there was a chance that my medical info was
needed. I'm sure in a few isolated cases that this has not been so and
someone's medical records have been released to the wrong party.
But for whatever reason, our 'national leaders' in the mid-nineties decided
we needed more protection...so here comes HIPAA.
It has cost every medical office a lot of money, and my company well over a
million dollars! For what? Even though there are security guards on duty at
night, and the main lights are out, every single piece of paper must be tossed
in a locked recycle bin or locked up in a file cabinet, etc. In fact, some
departments had to have their 'pod' walls raised to over 8' to insure that no
one would look over their wall and see something on the computer or on their
desk that pertains to an individual...doesn't even have to be medical! Some have
to have special badges to wear...if you don't have one, you are not allowed
in the area that is clearly marked off, even though every person works for the
same company. If I leave my computer for even just a few seconds or minutes,
even if I stay in the same room, I have to lock the computer and have to make
sure that every paper is turned over so that no name shows.
Ridiculous you say? It sure is! It's gone way too far! Even someone who
transferred out of the department is not allowed to come in to give a hand if
Without saying it further, I'm sure you get how I feel about the "HIPAA"
Betty in Arkansas
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