Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
Hello. My name is ***** ***** I'm an attorney. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can. My goal is to make sure you are completely satisfied before you submit your rating so please let me know if you have additional questions or you need me to clarify anything. If there is a delay in the time it takes me to respond it is because I am working with a customer or I am not online - but rest assured I will respond to your follow up question, if you have one. Also, I am on a mobile unit, which automatically asks you to submit a rating once I submit a response – but please don't feel like you need to do so until we are done speaking. Could you please clarify what you're asking.... what do you mean by "investigate patients"?
No. There is not. Did they tell you why?
No, your doctor's office acted correctly. They are not required to obtain your permission to verify that you are out of work for valid reasons... but that's not "hipaa agents"... that's why I was confused by your question. Does that make sense?
Your employer cannot necessarily get the specifics of it but they are entitled to, let's say, verify that you want to a doctor when you said you went to a doctor.
No, they wouldn't be entitled to specifics... for example, if you have a disease or other medical condition that doesn't affect your employment they would not be entitled to that information. Does that help?
They generally can't be given information about your medical condition but they are able to verify that, for example, your doctor feels that you need to be out for a certain amount of time or you were seen by a doctor on such and such date - things like that. Do you have any additional questions I can help you with?
Your employer is permitted to verify that you are not just skipping out on work. I'm simplifying it obviously - but they do not need a warrant to find out that you went to your doctor if you stated that you went to your doctor, for example.
Is there anything else I can help you with?