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Joined: May 2003
Sat May 10, 2003 5:53 PM
I hate Hippa. But last nite i realized it does have its advantages possibly, which could also be a disadvantage. We picked up a underage kid who was drunk, when it was all said and done I imagine the police have charged him, but when i went in to get the signature from the parent I did point out to them that they have the right under the new regs to restrict who has acces to medical info, INCLUDING POLICE. So a lawyer who was contacted before police get our reports from us and that is interested in challenging new law could suggest the family send the hospital as well as us a restriction naming court and police, limiting the available evidence against the kid. Nice end run of the law, new loophole potential, as hippa is newer regulation than any law on the books it will carry more weight in appeals courts.
Now in hospitals where DUI suspects blood alchohol levels are required to be given to he police, if a patient refuses to let the hospital share it they could walk due to lack of evidence.
I have not read the actual HIPPA regulations as worded by the feds, but unless this is directly addressed in its content then it will stand to be a viable defense method.
America is a beautiful place where the loopholes are abundant, and the individuals rights are more important than what is right.
I just wish I had gotten fat from mcdonalds so I could get in on some of that money too.
Im also thinking if a guy specified he didnt want his info shared with lawyers, creditors or himself then how would a hospital bill him? We just got free healthcare lol.
Look at them, cattle waiting for slaughter.
Yes, I work for a private, I am sorry.