Under HIPAA, are you legally allowed to view this patient’s medical information? Why or why not? Yes because I am not going into his medical history I just need the patient’s name and telephone number.
In this case, how would you be able to correct your error and provide the missing documents and instructions to the patient while still protecting patient confidentiality under HIPAA? I would call the patient and ask that he returns my call or ask that he returns to the doctor’s office so that we can give him the much needed prescription and aftercare documents. I would even ask the doctor if he does call should we call the pharmacy and have them fill the prescriptions.
Besides a HIPAA Patient Release of Information form, list 4 other items that are found in the medical record. Ans: In the patient’s Medical records there should be the patient’s medical history/physicals, List of medications past/present, a copy of the medical insurance and the Physician’s notes
Legally, does the patient or the physician/healthcare facility own the medical record? Why? Ans: Depending on the State; The information inside belongs to the Patient, but the physical health record belongs to the healthcare facility/ provider the patient has the right to obtain copies of their own records.
List 3 ways patient confidentiality is maintained in the reception/waiting area of a medical office. Ans: When calling a patient to the back to be seen only use their first names, when the patients are signing in there should be away to cover up their names. Lastly there should be a portioned wall so that conversation is not heard by other waiting patients.
A breach of confidentiality can result in what consequences for a health care professional? In 21 States the punishment for breaching a patient’s confidentiality is punishable by revoking the Physician’s medical license and can be fined up to $100 per person and per incident for minor improper disclosure of health information. If the same disclosure happens again the physician can receive up to $25,000 in fines. Federal Criminal Liability the physician can receive up to a year in prison and 50,000 in fines
From the list of Interpersonal Ethics (found in Chapter 1 of the Fremgen text), please describe how any of those traits were demonstrated in your actions in this case scenario? Honesty would be one, because if it was my fault I would own up to it and take responsibility for whatever comes next, Empathy would be the next because I would empathize with the patient if he/she was upset and just continue to let the person know that I am truly apologetic for the mistake.
Would the action taken in this scenario be within your scope of practice for your chosen field? Why or why not? No it is not because I am not licensed to prescribe medications to patients
What determines your scope of practice for your chosen career? Ans: A Medical Administrative Specialist serves a key role in medical office, clinic and hospital settings. This multi-skilled practitioner is competent in medical records management, insurance processing, coding and billing, management of practice finances, information processing, and fundamental office management tasks. A Medical Administrative Specialist is very familiar with clinical and technical concepts required to coordinate administrative office functions in the healthcare setting. http://www.americanmedtech.org/Certification/MedicalAdministrativeSpecialist.aspx
Would Respondent Superior apply in this case scenario? Why or why not? Ans: Yes it does apply because the person was working under the doctor who is the employer.
Would the Good Samaritan Law apply in this case scenario? Why or why not? ANS: No it does not because it happened in the work place and the person is not a stranger on the street.
What role does the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) play in regards to prescription medication? The FDA Monitors controlled substances and prescription medication they look to see if there is a prescription for the medication and the doctor Licenses number
What role does the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) play in regards to prescription medication and a physician’s ability to prescribe narcotics? Ans: After a physician receives his/her medical degree and passes the state test he or she may practice medicine but wouldn’t be able to write prescriptions until he/she has the federal DEA license.