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Who owns personal medical records?

Who owns personal medical records?

Personal medical rec: You as patient have right and access to a full copy. ...Read more

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Do social workers follow the patient confidentiality code?

Do social workers follow the patient confidentiality code?

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

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Should employers have access to employee health records?

Should employers have access to employee health records?

Depends: Generally employee health records are not readily available except in cases of information on fmla forms and sometimes for particular job requirements. People should know that more information is available to employers in regards to diagnoses, etc when they get that information from employer sponsored health plans. ...Read more

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How do caregivers obtain legal rights?

How do caregivers obtain legal rights?

Paperwork: Caregivers sometimes have various legal rights depending on what is needed and the wishes of the person for whom they are caring. Among these are healthcare proxy, which allows the caregiver to make decisions related to the person's medical care if they are unable to do so. Papers must be drawn up, signed, witnessed, attested-to, etc for these legal rights to be granted. ...Read more

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Do hospitals look at an employee's medical record when hiring them? Are medical records confidential?

Do hospitals look at an employee's medical record when hiring them? Are medical records confidential?

Medical records are: confidential. Without your permission they cannot look at your medical records. If an employer requires drug testing they need to let their employees know the policy as well. ...Read more

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Are staff supposed to share bathroom facilities at residential facilities?

Share facilities: This actually is purely a matter of the facility policy, which differs from place to place. Medically there is no reason why a facility can't be shared with proper hygience. It's usually just a matter of convenience and sometimes of psychological factors and personal preferences. ...Read more

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Do mental health facilities hire people who have history of domestic violence or child abuse?

Do mental health facilities hire people who have history of domestic violence or child abuse?

Background Check: Usually, facilities (hospitals, nursing homes) run a background check on potential employees. ...Read more

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Electronic health records allow sharing with insurance companies, right?

Electronic health records allow sharing with insurance companies, right?

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 more

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Do americans visiting england receive free medical care from public hospitals?

Do americans visiting england receive free medical care from public hospitals?

I suspect not: You have to have id to be properly cared for. If you do not have the proper id - they will attempt to bill you or your insurance. ...Read more

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Can I get my own medical records under federal laws protecting consumers?

Can I get my own medical records under federal laws protecting consumers?

Yes. : Hipaa regulations allow you to request your personal medical records from your provider, considering you are not a minor. Some providers may charge a per page or per x-ray fee, or if digital records, a per disk fee. ...Read more

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Does anyone know the laws about forced admission to mental health facilities?

Does anyone know the laws about forced admission to mental health facilities?

Laws vary w/states: States have different laws regarding involuntary admissions to psychiatric hospitals but in general if someone is a danger to themselves or others then an involuntary hospitalization can be pursued. ...Read more

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Disaster (fire, vandalism, water) happen to patient records?

Disaster (fire, vandalism, water) happen to patient records?

Depends: In case of disaster, the patient records might be lost if they are on paper or stored on a computer server. Nowadays, more and more doctors offices have "cloud based" EMRs (electronic med records) so even if a clinic were to be destroyed, the records are safe. It's a good idea to keep your own set of "records" in case of disaster (meds, important medical information) that you can take with you. ...Read more

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Do therapists have to report abuse to the police?

Do therapists have to report abuse to the police?

It depends: If it's clear that you are yourself putting someone in danger, the therapist has obligations under the law to protect that person. If you just want to tell about having been through something bad, years ago, the therapist won't make a police report, though he/she may discuss how you may act on your options. ...Read more

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Abused by teacher in '80s. School never believed me/my parents. Abuser now sunday school teacher at church. How can I be credible in warning church?

Abused by teacher in '80s. School never believed me/my parents. Abuser now sunday school teacher at church. How can I be credible in warning church?

Police: Child abuse is very serious. They need to be stopped from harming other children. You need to report the child abuse to the police as soon as possible. It will require great courage on your part, but i know you can do it. Be brave, protect others. ...Read more

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Question about medical records? Who owns them?

You do: The law in the us is that you own the information, the physician owns its physical form, and it can never be withheld from you. ...Read more

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I need a safe house for domestic violence victims?

I need a safe house for domestic violence victims?

See below: If you ask any doctor or hospital in your area, they can direct you to the local hotline. They can then help you find a safe house or contact law enforcement. Another option is the national domestic violence hotline (www.Thehotline.Org) at 1-800-799-safe. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I got pulled over and the police officer told me I was going 10 over but put that I was going 12 over on the ticket?

Wrong forum: This is about medicine, not about traffic law. I'm sorry you suffered this minor injustice after breaking the law. Most of us hope you will be extra-careful to drive safely. ...Read more

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Can you become a police officer with only one kidney?

Can you become a police officer with only one kidney?

Solitary Kidney: It depends on your department's policy but I don't see why not. Those with one kidney, barring any other health issue or genetic predisposition, can live perfectly normal lives. You just need to be careful to not expose your kidney to harm- i.e. specific meds or surgeries. ...Read more

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How does being a police officer affect your emotional and mental health?

Police officers are: exposed to traumatic events on a frequent basis. It is important for them to have opportunuies to process all these traumas. Police departments are aware of this but often do not do enough to help their staff work through these events. ...Read more

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Woke 4am sat morn and worked 9hrs came home then went to reserve as a police officer till 2am next morn got cold chills temp was 95.9? Any answers?

Woke 4am sat morn and worked 9hrs came home then went to reserve as a police officer till 2am next morn got cold chills temp was 95.9? Any answers?

Fatigue/Endocrine: This could just be extreme fatigue, which puts a lot of stress of on the body and can make you feel week and tired and may effect body temp in a few ways. If you have an adrenal problem or thyroid problem (both controlled by the brain) and there is stress on the body like being up excessive hours this can cause effects to be felt at multiple other areas of the body, this is the endocrine system ...Read more

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Can I still be a police officer if I have asthma?

Can I still be a police officer if I have asthma?

Yes: In general, the diagnosis of asthma should not limit you (except from possibly the military). Asthmatic patients should be able to do just about anything, including run marathons, if their asthma is under adequate control. ...Read more

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How does being a police officer affect your physical health?

How does being a police officer affect your physical health?

Many ways: See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/15/police-health-risks-sleep-metabolic-syndrome-shift-work_n_1665979.html

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Im a 30 year old police officer who has really bad asthma. Seems like meds arent even helping. Help?

Im a 30 year old police officer who has really bad asthma. Seems like meds arent even helping. Help?

More info needed: If asthma has been bad past week or two & you've had a cold or flu perhaps you have an acute exacerbation needing oral Prednisone for 5 days. If you & your doctor are having trouble controlling ongoing asthma think about contributing causes like reflux or chronic sinusitis. If despite all efforts asthma is refractory to treatment oxalizumab (xolair) could be a consideration for you. ...Read more

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About joining the military or being a police officer. What jobs can get or not because of my history with mental illness?

About joining the military or being a police officer. What jobs can get or not because of my history with mental illness?

Not enough info.: It depends on the type & extent of mental health illness. Please check these standards to determine if your condition is disqualifying for military service: http://usmilitary.About.Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/neurotic.Htm. Many police departments do independent psychological screening for applicants. ...Read more

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Suffering from Coccydynia since last 3 years, want to become a police officer hence want to do bodybuilding, if I do so then will it cause any damage?

Suffering from Coccydynia since last 3 years, want to become a police officer hence want to do bodybuilding, if I do so then will it cause any damage?

No if U can tol-: -the pain. but in that line of work, U R on Ur butt 4 hrs./day. I would rec U C a surgeon familiar with excision of the coccyx 4 a consult. I have excised about 20, in similar circumstances & all R better, & no complaints. the Dx can B made just by physical exam. it is close 2 the rectum, so choose carefully. ...Read more

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Hello,I am a police officer and was searching a drug users bag.I was pricked barely getting under skin.I found no syringes justgarbage.should I worry?

Hello,I am a police officer and was searching a drug users bag.I was pricked barely getting under skin.I found no syringes justgarbage.should I worry?

Skin prick: Bleed? Open wound ? The risk is very low. But follow up with occupational health and have HIV, hep C and hep B titers drawn now at 1 month and in 6 months . Discuss 10 days of post exposure prophylaxis if open wound or bleed; again the risk is very low. Consider gloves; http://www.superiorglove.com/work-gloves/cut-resistant-gloves http://www.appliedresponsesolutions.com/00115.html ...Read more

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I'm a police officer with disabling back pain. My dr wont write a letter for my pension so i can retire even tho he said i can't do this anymore. Help?

I'm a police officer with disabling back pain. My dr wont write a letter for my pension so i can retire even tho he said i can't do this anymore. Help?

Prolotherapy : At 49, your can get relief and stay active with prolotherapy to your back. No more surgery or epidurals. Real healing. Visit www.Proloshot.Com or www.Getproplo.Com or www.Aaomed.Org to, learn about prolotherapy and to find an esperienced prolotherapist to rid you of pain and give you back comfort. ...Read more

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I am wondering if I can join the navy with hypothyroidism I would really like to be a police officer after the military ?

I am wondering if I can join the navy with hypothyroidism I would really like to be a police officer after the military ?

Hypothyroid: If you are taking thyroid hormone replacement and your thyroid levels are within the normal range you should be eligible to serve our country well. If you are not sure of your thyroid levels see your doctor. ...Read more

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Would having clinical depression (mild) on my record hurt my chances of becoming a police officer?

Would having clinical depression (mild) on my record hurt my chances of becoming a police officer?

I don't think so: I have treated police officers and they continued to work. Treatment should be confidential and is a sign of strength that someone sought help. I think that having depression gives a person more empathy towards other people's problems which is a good trait for a police officer. ...Read more

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What's to be expected? Might they let people with something like cystic fibrosis be a police officer?

What's to be expected? Might they let people with something like cystic fibrosis be a police officer?

Depends on lung func: Because the job requirements for a police officer may require good lung function, it depends on the severity of CF & the concerned individual's lung function. There is a wide spectrum of severity of lung disease in patients with cf, so talk to your CF doctor about your individual profile, lung function & how it compares to the expected lung function requirements for a police officer. ...Read more

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If I had seasonal allergies when I was younger will it prevent me from becoming a police officer or joining the air force?

If I had seasonal allergies when I was younger will it prevent me from becoming a police officer or joining the air force?

See enclosed site: The allerigic causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are: allergic manifestations. A reliable history of anaphylaxis to stinging insects. Reliable history of a moderate to severe reaction to common foods, spices, or food additives. See this site for full review: http://www.Military.Com/join-armed-forces/disqualifiers-medical-conditions.Html. ...Read more

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I have a very mild form of cystic fibrosis and want to become a police officer. If i'm in great physical shape do you think they will consider me?

I have a very mild form of cystic fibrosis and want to become a police officer. If i'm in great physical shape do you think they will consider me?

Cystic fibrosis: That question is likely covered by a written policy specific to your possible employer. Just remember that failing to reveal a medical condition prior to employment might be grounds for firing you at a later time. For example, if you have active asthma when you apply for military service, their policy is to exclude you from consideration. ...Read more

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Hello. I'm a front line Police officer and have fractured both elbows. Radial hairline fractures. How long should i have off work?

Hello. I'm a front line Police  officer and have fractured both elbows. Radial hairline fractures. How long should i have off work?

Hairline fractures: Typically heal over 6-8 weeks and the pain improves in 4 weeks or so. It may take you up to 6 weeks to be able to do the things you do on the front line. I usually let pain be your guide but overall I would suggest at least a month of light duty. God bless you and thank you for your service. ...Read more