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#1 Nurse Ratched

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:27 AM

The South Carolina legislature is considering Senate Bill S. 1015 and House Bill H. 4569.


The Bills are very simple.


Healthcare providers/institutions will be required to offer the Patient a Release to permit sharing of information at the same time they provide their privacy policies. -- A "health care partner".


Can anyone explain these in further detail and offer opinions? NAMI website has youtube vid link about a suicide and encourages bills to be passed.
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:39 AM

I've always been happy that my information is private, seeing as my family and I don't see eye to eye on whether or not meds are acceptable. But I suppose if people want to sign a release, and it's their choice, it's ok.

However, I can envision situations where someone might sign a release and later regret it. If initially the patient and designated "healthcare partner" were getting along, and later the parents, spouses or whoeve didn't agree with the patient on their course of treatment.
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 11:15 AM

When you say "a Release to permit sharing of information" do you mean a release to allow a friend, family member or other authorized person to view patient medical records? This is pretty standard and is optional. I haven't read these bills, but this is probably being offered because it's not currently available in your state, or your legislature wants to clarify who has the right to patient medical information. There may have been unauthorized disclosures (to family members, friends or others) and it's necessary to have some laws that regulate disclosure of information.

Privacy policies usually contain disclosure information relating to the institution - for instance, billing clerks, LVNs and other employees may have access to personal information in order to perform their jobs. This is different from allowing a family member or friend to view medical records. If you have medical insurance (including Medicare), you also sign an authorization to allow access to certain medical records in order to process the claim. This usually doesn't include "therapy notes," and psychiatric records may require a separate authorization.

You an always call the offices of the state senators or representatives who sponsor these bills and ask for more info.
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:32 PM

Will allow info such as whether a person is hospitalized and where, what meds they're taking, whether or not they're still taking them, be able to talk to pdoc or tdoc. Seems invasive but maybe reassuring in the case of severe MI. Also seems like it could easily be abused. I'm not sure. It isn't my state, I live in a neighboring state, but it does interest me.
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:33 PM

When you say "a Release to permit sharing of information" do you mean a release to allow a friend, family member or other authorized person to view patient medical records? This is pretty standard and is optional. I haven't read these bills, but this is probably being offered because it's not currently available in your state, or your legislature wants to clarify who has the right to patient medical information. There may have been unauthorized disclosures (to family members, friends or others) and it's necessary to have some laws that regulate disclosure of information.

Privacy policies usually contain disclosure information relating to the institution - for instance, billing clerks, LVNs and other employees may have access to personal information in order to perform their jobs. This is different from allowing a family member or friend to view medical records. If you have medical insurance (including Medicare), you also sign an authorization to allow access to certain medical records in order to process the claim. This usually doesn't include "therapy notes," and psychiatric records may require a separate authorization.

You an always call the offices of the state senators or representatives who sponsor these bills and ask for more info.


Forgot to say thanks for checking it out.
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