Hungry hungry HIPAA

No medical procedure is complete without paperwork:

Went to the lab this morning to get my blood drawn. The lab is part of the medical industrial complex, so you have to pay a visit to the registration desk first. “Papers, please” or the equivalent, but not too many questions, no filling out of forms, and only two signatures required. Don’t understand why they need my wife’s birth date, nor why they need a signature acknowledging their privacy policy. I mean, it’s their policy, not mine. They need proof that they have shown it to me? This is double no-good no-think. Whatever.

I think they’re required to shove that form under your nose at least once a year, or the sacred stores of Lortab will be placed off limits.


  1. fillyjonk »

    5 April 2019 · 3:11 pm

    Worst use of HIPAA ever: when the gyn I go to (still the one up in my parents’ town, because she’s been my gyn for years, and inexplicably BC/BS will pay for my annual checkup despite her being technically out of network) had to have me change my next-year’s appointment with her, the office called my parents and REFUSED TO TELL MY MOM WHY THEY CALLED because I had forgot to check some dumb box on a form.

    Of course I panicked for several days until I was able to call in (OF COURSE it was on a Friday afternoon they called) and find out that it was “Oh, you have to reschedule because she’s at a conference that week” and not “You are dying of some horrible crotch-rot” or “Congratulations, and have you considered changing your name to Mary?”

    You can darn well bet I checked that box on the next visit.

  2. The Other McCain »

    6 April 2019 · 1:50 am

    In The Mailbox: 04.05.19

    […] Dustbury: Hungry Hungry HIPAA […]

  3. Roger O Green »

    7 April 2019 · 1:27 pm

    I remember in the early days of HIPAA when I would tell doctors’ offices they were not in compliance because I could see other patients’ info from the checkout desk. They were usually irritated, but what’s a librarian to do?

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