The impact of HIPAA on parent's "rights"

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Registered: 03-26-2003
The impact of HIPAA on parent's "rights"
Sun, 11-09-2003 - 3:33am
and abortions in general. I posted a while ago regarding the necessity of gaining knowledge of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and it seems that several of you are completely ignorant of it's relation to the subject of abortions or its importance to a parent's "right" to know about their children's medical treatments. Here are some facts about it that you may want to arm yourself with...


Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Public Law 104-191

In 1996 President Clinton signed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This law mandates action that seeks to: 1) ensure continuity of healthcare coverage for individuals changing jobs; 2) impact on the management of health information; 3) simplify the administration of health insurance; and 4) combat waste, fraud, and abuse in health insurance and health care.

Title II: The Security and Privacy Mandates

Title II of the HIPAA law (also known as Administrative Simplification) includes requirements for ensuring the security and privacy of individuals’ medical information. The standards aim to maintain the right of individuals to keep private information about themselves.

The Department of Health and Human Services is charged with developing and issuing regulations to address these requirements. The final privacy rule was released April 14, 2001; compliance is now required by April 2003. The security rule is being finalized; the released date is expected to be June/July 2001.

Protected Information

HIPAA regulations protect medical records and other “individually identifiable health information” (communicated electronically, on paper, or orally) that are created or received by covered health care entities that transmit information electronically.

“Individually identifiable health information...” includes

any information, including demographic information collected from an individual; and

any information that identifies an individual, or could be reasonably believed to identify an individual

HIPAA protects “individually identifiable health information” which…

relates to the past, present, or future physical or mental health condition of an individual, the provision of health care or the payment for such care

is maintained or transmitted, and is (or has been) in electronic form

is used or disclosed by covered entities

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Registered: 10-05-2003
Sun, 11-09-2003 - 6:06pm
MY money should not go to pay for anyone elses Choice! If a woman makes this CHOICE, let her pay for it - for it is sooooooooo much CHEAPER than giving life - which I would gladly pay for! So, let it be part of her sacred CHOICE!
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 11-11-2003 - 2:11am
What exactly are you ranting about? Did you not **read** the post, or were you simply unable to understand it?

Let's see if I can relate this concept on your level...

Part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is to safeguard a patient's medical records from being released or discussed in a manner that would allow a patient to be identified (verbally, on paper or via electronic means) to anyone without prior consent or authorization from the patient. That applies to Dr.'s, nurses, insurance companies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, file storage facilities, or any other healthcare business.

This is a security measure to protect a patient's privacy (if you have ever been a patient, that means YOU, too).

No one is asking ***YOU*** to ****PAY**** for anything. HIPAA is simply a law enacted to affect how healthcare providers and insurance companies do business. Part of the law regards the securing of sensative, confidential, personal patient records. If you can't seem to grasp the point of this post, here are some other links that may be able to elighten you...

I would suggest that you take your head out of your soap box and pay attention to what is going on around you. Make a SACRED CHOICE to not look like a raving loon. That is the cheapest choice of all.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 11-11-2003 - 9:50pm
Let me guess, you still don't have any idea what I'm talking about.

What rock did I crawl out from under? I originally hail from the Buckle of the Bible Belt surrounded by fanatics who are so convinced in the omnipotence of their own opinions that they go off half-cocked. I recognize them when I see them; a life's worth of familarity, I suppose. I have not stated whether I am PL or PC, however you ASSuME that you know what I am about. I was just providing pertinent, factual information about the topic of a parent's right to know about their children's health care, specifically abortions. I have also been a member of IV Message Boards for about 6 years, lurking mostly in recent history. Now, exactly where was YOUR rock located?

And what about your nastiness? You make an excited reply that has absolutely NOTHING to do with the original post, making it appear as if you either A) don't understand or B) are only interested in your own ravings. Have I called you any hateful names, such as "a closed-minded, sanctimonious zealot"? No, I haven't b/c I have very little basis for making that kind of statement. Neither did you. The reply I made was VERY carefully worded b/c I don't believe that you didn't understand the nature of my original post. I believe your reply came across as dense b/c you didn't know any other way to respond and still get your PL POV in; so you just made something up. So nice of you to abdicate YOUR sacred choice, again.

I'm sorry if you are unable to untie the rope that you created. I am even sorrier that you are too enraptured with yourself to acknowledge an exchange of information or accept any level of culpability for the sarcasm/hostility. You will loose out on a lot in this life by rejecting anything that you don't immediately recognize instead of seeing things for what they are: an opportunity to learn even if you don't agree. You will be in my prayers, I have a feeling you need them.

Good luck to you.

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Registered: 10-05-2003
Tue, 11-11-2003 - 10:34pm
Whoa winds...was this really necessary...this post is a attack whats up with that?? That was really way out of line....
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Registered: 03-28-2003
Tue, 11-11-2003 - 11:46pm


I read the article that you posted.

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Wed, 11-12-2003 - 1:07am

This site has a great FAQ page (the actural URL to the FAQ page is really long). It addresses the question directly. A lot of the parental access rights are based on state guidelines and other circumstances (if the Dr. believes that the child could be endangered by allowing the parents access to the info, for example).

However, this is just one step and a big one for privacy advocates. Not saying that it is the right thing, just that everyone should know how this law applies to them and that it is out there for examination.

Quite honestly, I was under the impression that it was against IV TOS to post links outside of the IV network (or at least it was a gozillion years ago when I first registered with IV). However, I will keep it in mind for future reference.

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Wed, 11-12-2003 - 1:29am
Thank you for your support, Silver. n/t

Edited 11/12/2003 1:29:33 AM ET by sea28
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Wed, 11-12-2003 - 7:26am
It depends on the site.

Kim mom to Brad, Matt, Emma, Sarah, and Meagan

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Registered: 10-05-2003
Wed, 11-12-2003 - 6:44pm
Any time sea...I see the attack on you was removed for violating