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Principals Welcome Letter Requesting Parent Involvement
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
Wrong Forum: I am sorry but this is a forum for answering health questions not legal questions. ...Read more
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
Most states do: As of 2011, 41 states allowed 16 year old blood donors with parental permission. To determine whether your state allows such donations, go the the web site for american red cross (http://www.Redcrossblood.Org/students/information-parents/information-student-athletes). ...Read more
Hopeful...: Most can emerge as competent, fairly happy adults if the divorced parents can avoid continued open warfare involving the child. Recommended book: dr phil's "family first: your step-by-step plan for creating a phenomenal family ." if healthy post-divorce parenting is challenging, please get help for the kids! parents should also get help, jointly or separately, to avoid compromising kids wellness. ...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
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
Can a md. Deny medicare-paid hospice end-stage dementia patient physical therapy if patient's family requests it to maintain movement with new law?
Hmmm . . . : Could there maybe be a disagreement between this physician and your family about what's in the patient's best interests? This is a deep discussion that involves much thought and consideration, and which deserves scheduled time with your relative's doctor to go over treatment plans, prognosis, etc. Maybe such a discussion can resolve these issues? Doctors want to help, not hurt or harm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best way to fight an insurance co that denies approval for a rhizotomy recommended by 3 mds? Appeal letter sent; 2 peer:peer reviews done
Keep fighting: The only way to win is to persevere. This is a stare down competition the first person to look away loses. It sucks that it takes all this effort, but it took me and one of my patients almost 1.5 years to get procedure approved. We never waivered and obviously the treatment helped and was appropriate for care which inevitably helped. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
Artificial insemination of anonymous donor--what are his obligations to provide updated health information about him/his family?
Legally Obliged: A donor is legally obliged to provide updates. That being said, i'm not sure there are any good mechanisms in place to monitor that. Any it is entirely possible that anyone can have a change in health information for another family member and not be aware of it. ...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
To what extent is the u.S expecting help from international students regarding projects in dyslexia?
Haven't a clue: I have no information regarding any internatinal student projects. ...Read more
Check website: The american red cross has a page where you can enter your zip code and download the specific consent form required for your state if it is allowed: http://www.Redcrossblood.Org/students/sixteen good luck! ...Read more
PA: Of course you can. Look around and see if there is an opportunity you like best. ...Read more
We hold live web chats with our Emory Healthcare doctors and care team members on a regular basis to give our community an opportunity to interact in ?
Live chats: That sounds really good. A lot of universities are implementing video conferencing. It is good for folks since they can avoid traveling. It saves time, it saves gas, and it gets people together more easily. Hopefully there will be more opportunities for everyone to benefit from this technology. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have hypertention. Which job is ideal 4 me? Teacher job or administrative job of teacher training, visit schools , collect & send information of its?
That's up to you: Your high blood pressure condition may be affected by stress, often times from the type of work we do. It's impossible to predict what job is ideal for you in the context of high blood pressure. You should ask yourself, "of these jobs I am presented with, what will be the most satisfying and gratifying career?" most likely, that will also be the job that causes you the least stress. ...Read more
A dilemma: A nervous patient needing an extraction wants to know exactly what is about to happen. He obviously has elevated BP due to nervousness, I am about to raise it even more with the anesthesia (epi). Do i really need to explain the details of how i will cut the gums and bone and the inherent dangers? Will this not increase the risks to him & what will it accomplish? There's no real alternative tx! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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