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Old 04-16-2018, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Freakville
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HIPAA laws allow the medical office to share your information electronically with whatever government agency asks. It doesn't protect your privacy but instead is a legal document in which you allow them to collect and share your information.

Read the documents thoroughly before you sign. Or -- don't sign them, and see the reaction from office staff.
No it doesn’t.
Take the tin foil off your head.
The NPP (Notice if Privacy Practices) you sign is simply a notice. It’s not an authorization of anything.

Reaction from the office staff? Hahaha...that’s cute.
The reaction will be simple.
They’ll document your refusal to sign and go about their business.
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:10 PM
 
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No it doesn’t.
Take the tin foil off your head.
The NPP (Notice if Privacy Practices) you sign is simply a notice. It’s not an authorization of anything.

Reaction from the office staff? Hahaha...that’s cute.
The reaction will be simple.
They’ll document your refusal to sign and go about their business.
next time you are asked to sign one say no and see what happens.

And, yes my explanation is correct. It ALLOWS the electronic sharing of your information.

Why else would you need to sign anything? If HIPAA states that medical offices keep info private, why do they need your signature? They wouldn't. The law would be the law, and nothing would be shared unless YOU asked for it to be shared.

So you sign the RELEASE so they can share information electronically.

Tin foil hat? Nah. Common sense and understanding? Yep. Try it instead of insults, you might just learn something.
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:39 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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next time you are asked to sign one say no and see what happens.

And, yes my explanation is correct. It ALLOWS the electronic sharing of your information.

Why else would you need to sign anything? If HIPAA states that medical offices keep info private, why do they need your signature? They wouldn't. The law would be the law, and nothing would be shared unless YOU asked for it to be shared.

So you sign the RELEASE so they can share information electronically.

Tin foil hat? Nah. Common sense and understanding? Yep. Try it instead of insults, you might just learn something.
I seem to remember that all the HIPAA-related forms I've been given included two separate sections asking for signatures:

The first section's signature documented that I had been notified that my information MAY need to be shared with someone outside that specific provider's office.

The second section's signature documented my permission to share it.

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Old 04-16-2018, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Over yonder a piece
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Having worked in healthcare for almost a decade, I can tell you that no, she did not violate HIPAA, even if she did say your full name. She did not divulge anything from your medical records.
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:52 PM
 
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I seem to remember that all the HIPPA-related forms I've been given included two separate sections asking for signatures:

The first section's signature documented that I had been notified that my information MAY need to be shared with someone outside that specific provider's office.

The second section's signature gave my permission to do so.
Exactly.

HIPAA is a program that allows information sharing. Electronically only.
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Old 04-16-2018, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Exactly.

HIPAA is a program that allows information sharing. Electronically only.
Wrong.

https://www.privacyrights.org/consum...fication-rules

"d. Does HIPAA apply to the data in an EHR?

Yes. The fact that a patient’s data is electronic does not reduce a covered entity’s obligations under HIPAA. In fact, the HIPAA Security Rule only applies to electronic data. By contrast, the HIPAA Privacy Rule applies to data in any format, including paper and electronic records, even oral communications that may or may not have been reduced to paper or electronic format.

The security features of HIPAA only pertain to electronic data.

The privacy features apply to all of your health data, no matter what format is used to store it.
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Old 04-16-2018, 02:45 PM
 
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Wrong.

https://www.privacyrights.org/consum...fication-rules

"d. Does HIPAA apply to the data in an EHR?

Yes. The fact that a patient’s data is electronic does not reduce a covered entity’s obligations under HIPAA. In fact, the HIPAA Security Rule only applies to electronic data. By contrast, the HIPAA Privacy Rule applies to data in any format, including paper and electronic records, even oral communications that may or may not have been reduced to paper or electronic format.

The security features of HIPAA only pertain to electronic data.

The privacy features apply to all of your health data, no matter what format is used to store it.
How do they share information? Carrier pigeon?? Smoke signals?? Good gawd.

HIPAA is about sharing your information, not keeping it private. That's why you sign the release.

If they were keeping it private and not sharing it you wouldn't need to sign anything.

HIPAA = sharing.
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Old 04-16-2018, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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There seems to be two quite different acronyms in use here.
One (HIPAA) has been defined; the other hasn't.
What does HIPPA mean?
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Old 04-16-2018, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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How do they share information? Carrier pigeon?? Smoke signals?? Good gawd.

HIPAA is about sharing your information, not keeping it private. That's why you sign the release.

If they were keeping it private and not sharing it you wouldn't need to sign anything.

HIPAA = sharing.
Perhaps you might want to read the link I gave previously.

Some doctors still use paper records. In order to share those records, they have to make paper copies. Those copies can be mailed or faxed. Faxing is considered electronic sharing. It is subject to both the security and privacy aspects of HIPAA.

The privacy of health information on paper is protected, too.

Do you even know what HIPAA stands for? It is the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act.

The portability part covers electronic sharing. The accountability aspect covers privacy. Signing a release lets you determine what you keep private and what you allow your doctor to share.

Privacy is at the heart of HIPAA.

https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-profes...ons/index.html

"The Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information (“Privacy Rule”) establishes, for the first time, a set of national standards for the protection of certain health information. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued the Privacy Rule to implement the requirement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).1 The Privacy Rule standards address the use and disclosure of individuals’ health information—called “protected health information” by organizations subject to the Privacy Rule — called “covered entities,” as well as standards for individuals' privacy rights to understand and control how their health information is used."
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Old 04-16-2018, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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There seems to be two quite different acronyms in use here.
One (HIPAA) has been defined; the other hasn't.
What does HIPPA mean?

Every time I write HIPAA I have to think about it. It's easy to type HIPPA rather than HIPAA.
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