CaseStudy 8.docx - Case Study A patient has just left the office after having an outpatient surgery procedure As you get ready to put away the

CaseStudy 8.docx - Case Study A patient has just left the...

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Case Study: A patient has just; left the office after having an outpatient surgery procedure. As you get ready to put away the patient’s file, you realize that the patient has forgotten to take his prescriptions and after-care instruction sheets home with him. It is vital for proper healing and recovery for the patient to have these documents. you know you will have to contact this patient, so you look inside for his contact information and signed HIPAA Release of Information form. 1. Under HIPAA, are you legally allowed to view this patient’s medical information? Why or why not? As I was reading in chapter 4, In most states, the general rule is that the physician or owners of a healthcare facility, such as a hospital, own the medical records, but patients have the legal right of privileged communication (confidential information told to their physician) and access to their records. Only the provider has access to the patient’s records you do not automatically have permission to get into their records unless it’s for as we call at work “A need to know basis”. Under HIPAA, you or I am not legally allowed to view a any patient’s medical information unless you have written consent for my profession Healthcare Information Management. I would try to find the provider or the nurse who was in the patient care to try and contact the patient. If I could not, I should only access the information that should be viewed is the patient phone number to call the patient to inform them or an address to mail the information to them. Also, since he just had surgery and my guess, he signed a HIPAA release of information form to the hospital, which would give me rights on a “Need to know basis”. I would also try and catch the patient in the hospital front entrance hoping they were still here.
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