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I have not been able to find anybody to be my advocate and the situation continues to get worse. Seriously worse. I thought we had a telecon scheduled for 9:00 my time but it looks like you will be gone...?
I can't find anybody to take this type of case. There was no malpractice - YET. There isn't any criminal activity as the identification error was not intentional on the part of the other patient but was due to negligence by the hospital registration department. There was no physical personal injury although I have a serious illness and this is definitely taking it's toll on me and exacerbating my condition. There isn't an identity theft issue. A health law attorney defends the other side. I just don't know anywhere else to turn. I am going to file complaints with the state of Colorado, the office for Civil Rights and the Joint Commission. I have not gotten replies from the Privacy/Compliance officer at the hospital. I did go to a physician associated with the hospital yesterday as I have a life threatening condition if I am not properly regulated on blood thinners. I was told I was anemic, and a host of other things based upon my recent blood work. The doctor had written out a prescription. Then she said my urinalysis was fine. WHAT??? I never had a urinalysis. Then it was discovered that this blood work report that was pulled the day before yesterday, was for the other patient. I nearly fainted when she told me everything wrong with me. I wasted my appointment with the doctor discussing somebody else's results. The doctor appeared to be very nervous at this point as I'm sure she was pondering the words "Thank God I didn't prescribe medication or a procedure based upon these results"! How is it that the hospital can take well over two weeks to pull records from their own internal system? This is a huge problem encompassing many areas with very serious implications if not handled properly, quickly and completely.
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