Angela,Then this 'medical rights advocate' is simply nuts. As a provider herself, she is as governed under HIPAA as you are. That means that she cannot speak about other medical patients or bring up information that can be easily identifiable in front of third parties. The other patient has no legal right to listen about the care and needs of someone else, especially since that other person never consented. If she does not understand HIPAA, consider contacting her superior and setting them straight. Or you can simply contact the US Dept of Health and Human Services and report the violation to them. This advocate has no right bring up a patient's history in front of an another patient in the same way I cannot discuss private and confidential details with one client that pertain to a different client.Good luck.
I do strongly agree with your response, unfortunalty the state facility that I work for very strongly bows down to her known underhanded, unethical tactics & demand that we give her anything she wants even so far as creating documents and outling care that have not been approved by the state. I do not want to lose my job, state retirment & benefits but I also will not violate HIPPA laws as well as I also am an advocate my my individuals. I am in quite a conundrum as to what to do & how to get administration to understand that yes we need to work with her but she also needs to respect our positions & other individuals rights.
Thank you for your follow-up, Angela.Hmm, that is less a legal question and more of a human resources concern. If you are strongly adamant about her behavior (and I happen to agree with you), you can always file an anonymous complaint. You can also potentially file a grievance against your own facility for failing to properly protect the patients' rights. But beyond that I really cannot provide you with more insight, I am sorry about that.Good luck.
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