Confidentiality and HIPAA
This is the name of the book Pozgar, G. D. (2016). Legal and ethical issues for health professionals. Boston: Jones and Bartlett.4th edition
All assignments require an application of key topics (ethics and law) from Chapter 1 to the current chapter. Use your textbook, at the end of each chapter there is a section \”Test Your Understanding-Terminology\”, be sure you are applying course related terms (terminology) to this assignment.
1. Imagine that you take a call about a patient (you are a health services administrator) and a lady claiming to be his (the patient\’s) daughter calls on the phone to see how the patient is and what is going on with him. The patient in this scenario is asleep. What do you say? Explain your answer.
2. You see your Aunt Millie in the health care setting you are working in (you are a health services administrator). Can you tell your mom about it? Explain your answer.
3. Your cousin was admitted to the emergency room during your shift at the hospital (you area health services administrator). He is in critical condition. Your father is very concerned about him, but he has not been able to reach your aunt and uncle. You know about your cousin\’s condition. Do you tell your dad? Explain your answer.
4. A baby is brought into the emergency room. It is obvious that the baby has been physically abused. There are cigarette burns and bruises all over its body. The hospital is swarming with media. A reporter has asked you a health services administrator, for details. What do you do (you are an allied health professional)? Explain your answer.
5. A patient asks you about her treatment (your are a health services administrator). She wants to know how long the treatment will take and if there are any side effects. What do you do? Explain your answer.
6. You see a co-worker at the supermarket (you are a health services administrator). She wants to talk about a particularly difficult patient. She is being very specific, using the patient\’s name and condition. She even goes as far as to say what a nuisance this patient is because the patient is so demanding. What do you do? Explain your answer.
7. You work in the admitting department of the hospital. A friend who works in the ER tells you that she just saw a famous movie star get on the elevator with some men who looked like bodyguards. Your fiend is curious about this famous person. She read in the paper that the actress has cancer. Your friend asks you to find out what floor the star is on. What do you do? Explain your answer.
8. You work in the lab of the hospital. One of the managers in your unit has been trying to get pregnant. While working on lab reports, you see her lab results. Her pregnancy test was positive! That night at an office dinner, you see her with some friends, and congratulate her on her pregnancy. Later you hear that she did not know about the test results. You were the first person to tell her! What do you do? Explain your answer.
9. As part of your job (a health services administrator), you work with protected health information every day in the business office. One day you were so tired from working late that you left patient files open on your desk so you could work on them early the next day. It is your desk, after-all and you are tired. Why clean up? Explain your answer.
10. Paul who is a RN works in the cath lab at a local hospital. After a period of lethargy and night sweats, Paul decided to visit the employee clinic. His tests revealed that he was HIV positive. The med tech who processed his lab results decided to share this information with her best friend from radiology. Before the week was over, many hospital employees including those in the cath lab knew Paul\’s diagnosis. What consequences might result due to this breach of confidentiality?
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