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is it a hippa violation if u tell someone it is time to take

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is it a hippa violation if u tell someone it is time to take thier medicine in public
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No, it is not. HIPAA laws apply to medical providers to keep their patients' medical information private. So, for example, a doctor who leaves a patient's file on the reception desk out in the lobby where it can be viewed could be a HIPAA violation. But simply reminding someone to take their medication is not a violation of the law.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
i work in a group home and my consumers were next door at the neighbors and I told them come on guys its time to take your medicine
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I work in a group home and my consumers were at the neighbors, I went and told them it is time to take your medicine. Does this change anything ?


Thank you for your reply. I would still say that is not a violation. You didn't reveal anything about their condition or even say what kind of medication they are on.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

So am I considered a medical provider ?

HIPAA laws apply health care providers (essentially a provider of medical or health services; a person or organization that furnishes, bills or is paid for health care in the normal course of its business), and therefore by extension their employees. Maybe I'm misinterpreting what a group home is, but if this is a facility that provides care and support to elderly, infirm and impaired individuals, gives them medication, ensures their health and wellbeing, that is a health care provider and HIPAA laws apply.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

But I still did not violate HIPPA correct ?

In my professional opinion, no, this is not a HIPAA violation.