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    Monday, April 14, 2003
    HIPAA Update

    We're already having problems. One of my colleagues is trying to do a preop exam on a patient who needs a breast biospy, and she can't get the results of the patient's mammogram or ultrasound. The surgeon's office is refusing to fax the information to her because of HIPAA. Now, this legislation is not supposed to affect the transfer of information from doctor to doctor, but in practice it is hindering it because now our staff is too damn scared to release any information at all.

    More updates as they happen, if anything really outrageously stupid turns up.



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