Hungry Hungry HIPPA
February 16, 2012 1:17 PM Subscribe
What do I do if I suspect a hospital patient may have been involved in a criminal act?
posted by ladypants to law & government (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We have a patient at the hospital who came in with a very strange story (which includes several contradictions), no identification and no insurance. The patient states that they were the victim of a violent act, which may be true, but for a number of reasons, I suspect the patient may actually have been the perpetrator of a violent act or crime. (The patient's story and behavior would make a lot more sense in the context of perpetrator rather than victim.) On the other hand, they may well be an innocent person, or a victim of violence.
The patient is about to be discharged. They have declined permission to obtain their medical records from previous treatment. I don't have any evidence of wrongdoing, just a gut feeling that something is very wrong that some others who have worked with the patient seem to share. Others think the patient has a strange story but is non-violent. Nobody seems to think the patient is telling the truth.
Is there a way to check to make sure the patient is not actually wanted by the police before they are discharged? (Without violating patient confidentially or potentially accusing an innocent person of a crime.)