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Let’s look at this in practice... The elevator door slams shut behind you as you walk into your preceptor’s office for your weekly visit. The waiting room is crowded and the office staff are busy dealing with the overflow of patients. 36/103
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You’ve been following patients… …in Dr. Jones’ office for several weeks now. Dr. Jones has a well-established and respected rheumatology practice and gets more referrals every day. His patients range from local individuals to Washington and international VIPs. 37/103
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Your job… … is to escort patients from the waiting room to the exam room, and then conduct the initial history and possibly a physical exam. As you are escorting your first patient back to exam room two, he mentions that he thought he recognized a patient sitting in the waiting room. He’s convinced that the guy sitting opposite him is a basketball player for the Wizards and wants to know why he has an appointment with Dr. Jones. How do you respond? 38/103
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About 30 minutes later… Dr. Jones calls you into exam room one. He’s examining the mystery waiting room patient (who indeed plays for the Wizards), and wants you to see the rare condition he exhibits. 39/103
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Once the patient has left… … Dr. Jones reviews the basketball player’s case in detail. It’s an unusual case and he wants to make sure you’ve picked up on all the signs and symptoms. The two of you review the lab results, X- rays, and patient record in detail. 40/103
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Later that day… … you cross paths with one of your friends who is also following patients in Dr. Jones’ office. Excited about the basketball player’s unusual case, you start telling her a few details about it. How much are you allowed to say without violating the patient’s right to privacy? 41/103
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Although you were discreet… … and did not mention his name, your friend’s curiosity is piqued. Since she has access to the records in Dr. Jones’ office, it would be fairly easy for her to confirm the patient’s identity and pull his record. Would she be violating the patient’s privacy? 42/103
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Legitimate Need When you are assigned to a case, you have access to patient information. However, like all other employees who have the minimum necessary access to perform their job, you can’t just access patient information to satisfy your curiosity. 43/103
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What general information can be disclosed to the public? Facility directory may list the individual’s: name; location in the facility; health condition expressed in general terms; and religious affiliation. The facility may disclose this directory information to members of the clergy, unless the individual restricts these disclosures. Example: Methodist patient’s directory information disclosed to Methodist clergy.
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