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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Do You Know Your Rights as a Hospital Patient Under the HIPAA Privacy Law?

According to Paula Span of the New York Times, some health care professionals are misinterpreting the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, 1996) privacy law (see link below).

New York Times Blog Article:  What Happens When Privacy Laws are Misinterpreted?
In her New York Times blog article, Ms. Span writes about a woman who is not allowed to accompany her sister even though the sister is asking her to come with her because an ER nurse didn't understand the HIPAA privacy law.

Do You Know Your Rights as a Hospital Patient Under the HIPPA Privacy Law?

These types of misunderstandings can have important implications for patients and their families.  In the example that Ms. Span gave, it was pretty straightforward that the sister who wasn't feeling well was giving permission for her sister to be present.

No doubt there are other situations where it's not as straightforward as this.

It's important to know your rights, especially in a hospital setting.

What Happens When Privacy Laws Are Misinterpreted? - by Paula Span - New York Times

I've included a link for for more information about the HIPPA law below.

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HIPAA - US Department of Health and Human Services

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