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Yes, but...: ...Guess what? Insurance companies can also look at your paper records too. Built into the contracts they sign with doctors, insurance companies can "audit" a physician to look at their clinical notes. This is to prevent overbilling or incorrectly billing. So your insurance company already has access to all of your medical records. An ehr would make it easier to share those records. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Honesty : Please let your physician know. If it was my practice i would want to know to fix the problem so our patients feel at home and are welcomed. ...Read more
Why do so many medical offices ask for unnecessary & intrusive personal information (ssn, drivers licenses) unrelated to medical records?
Required by law: It is required by law & insurance contracts that they have with companies & that you signed with those same companies. They need to make sure you are who you say you are & that they have proof. Also, if there is any legal question in the future, they can prove that they verified your identity. Finally, insurance companies use this info to track your health & put it into a central database. ...Read more
Wrong Forum: I am sorry but this is a forum for answering health questions not legal questions. ...Read more
Sticky issue: This is a huge question. On one hand, online records can be transmitted quickly when medically needed. This could save a life. On the other hand, this quick transmission can also allow breaches of privacy that are potentially painful, embarrassing, and invasive. Balancing these things is precarious! electronic records seems to be where we're going, so we need safeguards to do it well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should colleges cut tuition costs for med students so their practices won't charge a lot of money to pay back student loans?
Thinking of ways: To cut health care costs is always good. Something, our elected officials should do a better job at. There are problems with your concept mentioned. What if those students don't graduate? What if they decide they don;t like being doctors and stop? Most fees are set by insurance companies and many are low to begin with. If you lower them more, the doctors won't be able to pay for malpractice etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
All health care DO: All providers, including social workers are required to respect patient confidentiality, just like dentists, physicians, nurses, and pas. In the case of suspected child abuse for example, it is normall legally required for the provider to alert the authorities (child protection services). There are other situations that would require alerting authorities such as elder abuse and death threats. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Insurance co-pays: I cannot know about every state and every insurance company, but to the best of my knowledge yes. And why wouldn't they even if they were not required? Health care providers who participate in these plans are generally receiving less than their normal private fees anyway. ...Read more
Do medical doctors/nurses/hospitals have legal accountability to me (consumer/customer) or the insurance company?
Lawyer : Talk to your lawyer if you want legal help, this site is addressing medical concerns. ...Read more
Govt regulation: Emr is being introduced in a phased manner- cms guidelines. All hospitals and offices are to implement electronic records. There are so many technical difficulties with these programs, but they are getting better. As of now, most doctors have not embraced them as well. ...Read more
Is there a government-funded health insurance program that retired massachusetts town employees can take advantage of?
Medicare: Medicare is a federal government-funded health insurance program for elderly & disabled. MassHealth is MA's Medicaid, which is run by states for those w/lower incomes. Check out https://www.mahealthconnector.org/ for health insurance options as mandated by Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare. ...Read more
There are laws: Which protect all americans with disabilities, although they are difficult to enforce. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/american%27s_with_disabilities_act. ...Read more
Not really: Unfortunately they only increase health care costs dramatically. While there are few undeniable benefits, the overall strain on the medical system is unsustainable. ...Read more
Need to do mental health evaluation recommended by the court. Any free service in clearwater? Unemployed, no money.
Advice for shopping addiction? I love getting stuff in the mail, but I'm in major debt ($20,000 credit card debt). Cards maxed out.
Hypomania and spendi: Risk-taking behaviors during hypomanic states are recognised, however the high-risk nature of some behaviours-including the potential for harm to both the individual and others. (Fletcher et al 2013. Some of these behaviors include in for increased spending of money increase sexual activity increased speeding with associated traffic fines. You may not have a full-blown disease but needs evaluation ...Read more
Health insurance portability and accountability act: may I discuss client details with other employees within my agency?
Probably: If you agency is not health related, then details of your clients are assumed to be public unless there is some other confidentiality arrangement. You probably should not discuss health issues that you are privy to, but this is not a hippa issue if you are not a health professional. ...Read more