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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
Do hospitals look at an employee's medical record when hiring them? Are medical records confidential?
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 more
Some laws govern: In recent years, the government has passed laws that set rules for protecting personal health information. I'm sure the laws apply to people and businesses that handle personal health information, regardless of whether or not a person or business is labeled a "personal health records service". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Older age of coverag: The new law, termed the accountable health care act (called by its opponents obamacare) allows dependents currently receiving coverage to be on their parents policies until age 26 . Prior to this many ended at 18 if they were out of the house and others at age 21 no matter what. This is in jeopardy if the supreme court rules against it. This will be a major issue in the 2012 campaign. ...Read more
Person getting care: The person getting medical care pays for his doctors, his tests, and his medicines . . . Because he is getting the services. However, as a community and a society, we want to have the healthiest, happiest population possible. So, there are insurance, governmental, and non-profit systems set up to help everybody afford good medical care without causing financial hardship (idealistically speaking!). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are no: immunizations specific to EMT's that I am aware of. Just the same routine immunizations that we all should have. Now your application may require you to have a varicella (chicken pox vaccine) if a blood test does not show immunity. ...Read more
Is there any difference btw drs that graduate from foreign medical schools vs drs that graduate from american medical schools?
What do you think ??: That issue to the best my knowledge ( I am fmg ) never comes among the doctors , discussions were never who is superior, as all of them take same examination, pass same speciality boards , most of fmgs practice in under served areas , others unwilling to go. If some says is superior is only due one's bios & prejudice which is not rampant pt will decide whom to choose or don't care. ...Read more
Go there: The best thing is to go there and complete their records release form and show id. You can also send in proof of identity and a signed request for records - if they will accept that. Regardless, they are permitted to charge you a per page photocopying/printing fee. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Broad range: Surrogacy is expensive and ranges from $40k - $100k or more. Price shopping is worthwhile but hard to pinpoint because surrogates all have custom made contracts with intended parents. I believe the key to success is the legal contract, so make sure of attny who helps. Get everything spelled out and make sure it is complete. Laws vary between states - use state where baby will be born. Best wishes. ...Read more
Should be private: Personal medical records are ought to be private and confidential. If you are storing on a web site make sure the site has good security. The doctors offices and the hospitals are already aware of the hippa policies and they do not divulge any information except for purposes of insurance companies and other referring doctors. ...Read more
Superspecialisation available: MCH in surgical oncology m.Ch.In oncology dm in medical oncology difference?
Huh!: I don't understand your question. Surgical oncologists have completed a 5 year residency in surgery and a two year fellowship in surgical oncology. We are surgeons with special interest and experience in treating cancer. Most do not give chemotherapy. Medical oncologists typically start with internal medicine and then subspecialise. They give chemotherapy and other drugs but do not do surgery. ...Read more
What changes were made since 2008 in terms of medicare, medicaid & hmo/ppo insurance reimbursements of dme, mobility, bath safety & orthopedic items?
This is a great: Question and ive tried to do some searching to give a concise answer but i cannot find a study that isolates this data. If you go to cms website and drill down to search the term dme http://www.Cms.Gov/site-search/search-results.Html?Q=dme you see how hard it is to give a quick answer, ( have you read an article in hfn or elsewhere that gives this data? If so please share. ...Read more