HIPAA GONE WILD! February 02nd 2013

In the course of our work at Guardian Nurses, we often (ok, every day) have to deal with the federal healthcare privacy law called HIPAA.  Since we are working on behalf of patients, we need to get their written authorization...

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Nurse Practice Act? C’MON……. September 09th 2012

We recently had a case in California which required us to frequently communicate telephonically with the nursing staff.   We had the required signed HIPAA release on the chart (multiple times, in fact, as it continued to get 'lost') as well...

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Create Your Own Personal Health Record September 06th 2011

Let’s face it. The more doctors you see, the more medical files you have. And the more scattered your medical records are, the higher your risk of drug errors, missed diagnoses, and other potentially dangerous glitches. The solution? Keep a...

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Patients’ Roles in Protecting Their Healthcare Information September 20th 2011

Under federal law, healthcare professionals are required to protect patient privacy. Known as the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA,) this mandate, among other things, spells out in great detail the do’s and don’t’s that doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, imaging...

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