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need HIPAA-compliant email for billing service

A friend of mine is starting up a psychiatric billing small business and has asked me about email. I'm afraid I'm a bit out of my depth here. Can anyone recommend a HIPAA-compliant email provider that is not too expensive? [more inside]
posted by roosterboy on Oct 6, 2015 - 8 answers

I need HIPAA compliant booking & e-record keeping for solo practice

I am a nutritionist. I am building a wordpress website and I would like to find a way to a. have clients book their own appointments seamlessly on or from my website, b. have clients pre-pay for appointments via paypal, c. keep their health information secure while easily keeping and accessing notes. d. have the whole thing be HIPAA compliant. [more inside]
posted by Pablito on May 24, 2015 - 2 answers

HIPAA/Medical Release for Emergency Situations?

In the event of an emergency, what can be done to ensure that doctors/hospital can share information with another unrelated adult? [more inside]
posted by okayokayigive on Dec 15, 2014 - 16 answers

naming ebola patients

Why/how are US patients who have contracted ebola virus disease identified by name to the newsmedia? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Oct 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Is this a HIPAA violation?

I work in a dental office, where staff are also patients. One of my co-workers has become pregnant, not planned and not particularly a joyous occurrence at the moment. She doesn't want to have this generally known as she is acclimating herself to her new future reality. Our boss dentist cannot keep her mouth shut. Is telling patients that her assistant is pregnant, without the express approval of that assistant, a violation of her HIPAA rights? [more inside]
posted by Jazz Hands on Oct 14, 2014 - 19 answers

What to do about a HIPAA violation at my son's pediatrician office

I needed a copy of my son's immunization records for some travel we are planning this summer. I called his pediatrician's office, and they said they'd send them right away. 2 days later an envelope arrived addressed by hand, the home address was correct but the recipient name was wrong. I opened the envelope to find another child's immunization records. [more inside]
posted by askmehow on Jun 19, 2014 - 25 answers

Is my friend a. alive, b. dead, c. in a hospice somewhere?

How can I find my former roommate who was hospitalized last year, then moved a few times and now none of the places where he was admits to having him there? [more inside]
posted by YupLisnin on Mar 13, 2014 - 13 answers

But how can I consent to what I haven't even read?

Was my experience with a new medical office as egregiously wrong as I think it was? If so, how do I report what happened? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Jul 3, 2013 - 22 answers

What can I do to stop my company from forcing us to use vacation time to visit the doctor?

My organization is forcing us to use vacation time instead of sick leave to visit the doctor. YANML, but is this actually legal? What can we do to get them to change this policy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2012 - 20 answers


PrivacyParanoiaFilter: My employer offers a discount on my health insurance if my spouse and I take a Health Risk Assessment (HRA). I get the idea, but are there any downsides privacy-wise that they're not telling you? [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco on Oct 25, 2012 - 21 answers

Pick up medical records on changing providers?

I recently changed jobs--and health insurance providers. As a result I need to change dentists (and possibly GPs). I am in good health--should I bother collecting my dental/medical records and giving them to the new doctors? I am entitled to them under HIPAA, right? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Why do potential employers need access to past, present, and future health records?

Why do prospective employers ask access to past, current, and future health records? And can one decline? [more inside]
posted by agent99 on Jun 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Privacy violations in an ER?

Recently I had to spend a few hours in a psychiatric emergency waiting room where none of the staff seemed to have any consideration for the privacy of the patients being triaged there. Are any of the things I experienced violations of HIPAA or the like, and if so, what, if anything, would you do about them? (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on May 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Am I going to be booked for HIPPA violations?

Part of my job involves conducting phone surveys for public health/medical research. My employer wants me to start using the Emergency Contact info in the electronic health record to increase our response rate. This weirds me out. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Can a US employer ask what medications I'm on?

An employer decides to update their employee database and distributes a form with the usual name, address, emergency contact stuff on it. There is also a line for "Any medications you are currently taking." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 - 13 answers

How to remotely access a doctor's office's files?

I am looking for advice to come up with a technological solution for a physician’s office in NB, Canada. The scenario is that I would like patient files to be accessible remotely while still satisfying health privacy laws (PIPEDA), especially the part about patient records having to be stored in Canada. [more inside]
posted by carolr on Nov 9, 2011 - 4 answers

My brother needs his knee fixed but can't pay for it.

My brother was scheduled to have knee surgery, but has just lost insurance coverage. How can I help him? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Oct 26, 2011 - 16 answers

Which is safer: University IT or cloud-based contact hosting?

Which hosted system is likely to be more secure: A custom-coded database with a web-based front-end coded by an independent coder for $10k and hosted and maintained by a major university, or a small cloud-based provider with several clients who hosts contact data and whose system is set up to accept credit card payments and store other financial information? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Oct 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Supervisor revealed secret pregnancy: any recourse?

Supervisor revealed secret pregnancy: any recourse? [more inside]
posted by jihaan on Sep 29, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I insure my spouse on the private market?

I'm going nuts trying to figure out the rules on how to get my spouse on an individual high-deductible health plan when coverage is theoretically available through my employer. The internet is useless. Can the hive mind help me here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2011 - 7 answers

Unencrypted data violation

Insurance data is unencrypted. Should this be reported? How? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me find out what my shrink really thinks.

I'm going to be requesting my psychiatric records; what should I know beforehand? [more inside]
posted by reren on Jan 31, 2011 - 6 answers

Received someone else's medical bill

I received someone else's medical statement with lots of personal information to boot. What do I do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2010 - 7 answers

How to disclose HIPAA violation in nursing school application?

In the early years of HIPAA, I was didn't take it as seriously as I should have and was fired from a clerical position when I looked up a co-worker's date of birth. I was wrong and a total dumb ass for doing it. Now, I would like to know what I should say about it in my nursing school application since clinical hours include hours at the hospital I was fired from. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 - 5 answers

Should I be concerned about my insurance company asking for my HIPAA Certificate?

I received a letter from my new health insurance company stating "they have received a claim for an illness that could be related to a pre-existing condition." What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 23, 2009 - 7 answers

HR-Filter: How does the temp agency you work for store its secure documents?

Document Imagine/HR-Filter: How does your large company store its secure documents? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Dec 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Can I phone-verify and employee's doctor appointment?

Can I, as a supervisor, call an employee's doctor to verify that said employee was actually seen on a certain date? [more inside]
posted by Shohn on Oct 28, 2009 - 47 answers

Can employers tell people when employees are sick?

My employer just asked us to contact HR if any of our employees are diagnosed with H1N1 flu. Is this allowable under HIPAA? [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Oct 27, 2009 - 10 answers

More about doctors and privacy

What exactly can a doctor's office tell anyone who happens to pick up your phone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2009 - 11 answers

Forbidden fruit of the HIPAA tree

[HIPAA filter]: When dropping off our child at daycare (a small, home daycare), my spouse - a pediatrician - ran into a patient who is not vaccinated. I know you're not a lawyer; I know you're not our lawyer - what are our options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2009 - 22 answers

Medical MJ and HIPAA

I'm wondering about medical marijuana use in California and to what degree it is covered by health information privacy laws (HIPAA). I ask because my profession is regulated by a state licensing board (and an ethics board, and a national ethics board, etc. etc.) and I want to know if the Board of Behavioral Sciences could ever have access to my medical information if I were to have a card for medical MJ (this is assuming that I am only registered with the state as a legal patient, not ever picked up by the cops for any reason or have anything close to a criminal record, which I already know would get my licensing taken away). I have been searching info on medical MJ and HIPAA but have not been able to find anything conclusive. Throwaway email is anony01234@gmail.com.
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Will I be able to go from medicare to private insurance?

If I lose medicare, will I qualify for private insurance? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane on Feb 26, 2009 - 4 answers

I'd help your mom if you asked.

I am looking for an online document storage/document sharing service that is HIPAA compliant. [more inside]
posted by eunoia on Jan 7, 2009 - 3 answers

Will going to the student clinic mess up my insurance in the future?

Will seeking treatment for anxiety and depression make my health insurance less affordable/available in the future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2008 - 16 answers

How do I even start to fill out these short-term health care applications?

How do I fill out an application for short-term health care if I barely even remember which doctors/clinics I've been seen at, let alone why? [more inside]
posted by Skwirl on Aug 29, 2008 - 4 answers

Am I being overly zealous about "proper SSL implementation?"

Am I being overly zealous about "proper SSL implementation?" [more inside]
posted by aydeejones on Jun 30, 2008 - 23 answers

How should we protect patient data?

What steps should a small practice take to secure patient data on a laptop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2008 - 27 answers

HIPAA and a gap in coverage - help me decipher the law?

YANMLFilter: You're not my lawyer, but I'm going to ask you for help deciphering part of the HIPAA anyway. Specifically, the bits regarding pre-existing conditions. [more inside]
posted by CrayDrygu on Jan 22, 2008 - 18 answers

What is a reasonable amount of debt load for someone with a chronic illness?

What is a reasonable amount of debt load for someone with a chronic illness? I come from a family that doesn't accrue debt, which I realize is a luxury many people don't have, so I haven't had a model for managing debt. Specifics about my particular situation follow. [more inside]
posted by RobotHeart on Dec 22, 2007 - 13 answers

I want to know what why my grandma died. But I don't want any of my family to know that I want to know. Do I have options?

Besides researchers, In the US, who is allowed access to a person's Protected Health Information (tm) after they're dead? Who can get their death certificate (listing cause of death)? If these people aren't me, what can I do to cope with feeling that a loved one died because of someone's uncaring/ineptitude/etc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2007 - 9 answers

GettingLifeinOrder Filter

Do I need personal copies of my medical records if I'm in good health? [more inside]
posted by almostmanda on Dec 9, 2007 - 9 answers

Can I ask my doc to remove a Dx from my chart?

Is it reasonable or necessary for me to ask my doctor to remove the recent "Tobacco Use Disorder" diagnosis as a "current health condition" from my medical record? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2007 - 11 answers

VA Medical Records

Does Veteran's Administration medical treatment information get to the insurance world? [more inside]
posted by Mom on Feb 11, 2007 - 1 answer

How paranoid is too paranoid?

I feel like I'm losing my mind but I'm too worried about my medical records to do anything about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2007 - 31 answers

Can HIPAA help me appeal a Dental Claim denial?

What is the best approach for appealing a dental insurance claim that was denied for a pre-existing condition when I have had continuous coverage? Does HIPAA apply? [more inside]
posted by eisbaer on May 31, 2006 - 6 answers

I hereby authorize my prospective employer to discriminate

How, under Equal Employment Opportunity, can a prospective employer ask you to sign a HIPAA waiver? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2006 - 8 answers

HIPAA, private insurance, and prior coverage

I have a question for those of those of you well-versed on private health insurance, HIPAA, and prior creditable coverage. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Feb 16, 2006 - 10 answers

Help me better understand COBRA and HIPAA

COBRA/HIPAA: Help me understand how these health insurance laws might apply in several employer-leaving or life-changing events. [more inside]
posted by weston on Oct 27, 2005 - 7 answers

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