Positive Outlook – Issue 7.0 – March 2014

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Positive Outlook – Issue 9.0 – March 2015

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

What do you do when the patient whips out their Smartphone and states they want to record you?

This definitely raises the possibility of a red flag. But, do you want to tell the patient no and look like you are hiding something or are not being tech savvy?

This except from a Medscape article outlines the question: “Doctor, would it be okay with you if I tape record our conversation today?” The doctor’s first reaction is likely to be negative. He or she may feel a lack of trust or a sense of suspicion. READ MORE.

Patients’ Use of Social Media: E-rating of Doctors

The general practitioner (GP) was ‘googling’ his name when he came across the following review about him:

“The worst GP I have ever seen. I took my daughter to see him when she was very sick. He missed the diagnosis and was deliberately rough with her. It was like we were imposing on his time. I’d ask a taxi driver for medical advice before seeing this GP. Never see him if you are ill – or well.” The GP was very distressed. He did not know who had made this comment about him. He wanted to know what he could do to have the online comment deleted. READ MORE.

Seven Tips for Avoiding HIPAA Penalties in 2015

By Kim C. Stanger

HIPAA violations may result in penalties of $100 to $50,000 per violation, depending on the conduct at issue. If the violation results from “willful neglect” the party is subject to mandatory fines of $10,000 to $50,000 per violation. A single data breach may result in numerous violations. READ MORE.

Confused by Confidentiality?

A Primer on 42 CFR Part 2

Just about anyone who has ever received medical care has heard of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the law that regulates the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) held by “covered entities” such as health plans. But far fewer are familiar with the special privacy protections afforded to alcohol and drug abuse patient records by 42 Code of Federal Regulations (“CFR”) Part 2. READ MORE.