Hippa*

  1. http://www.hep-c-alert.org/links/hippa.html


    We had a two hour long meeting today about Hippa. Have you all been trained in this also? They said that by April 2003, all healthcare workers must be trained.

    Shygirl
    Last edit by shygirl on Mar 22, '03
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Not only did I sit through one at 1 job, I have to sit through another one at my new job.

    Double my pleasure.
  4. by   KRVRN
    Ours was an online tutorial that you read throught then took an online test. The tutorial took a good 45 minutes if you actually read it. We all quickly discovered that you only really needed to go straight to the test because it was so dang easy. Took all of 10 minutes to become HIPPA trained.
  5. by   nurs4kids
    We've had it so drilled in our heads that I think I may have a few extra orifice..

    They even had t'shirts with our logo on the front and a big hippopotamus on the back with something about being "HIPPA compliant in 2003"..

    I will be sooooooo glad when EVERYONE starts pushing this though..
    got a call last week from a parent that was at the hospital next door. Child had been d/c'd from us the previous week and was having a test run at the other hospital that am. Mom wanted the lab results from us so the child wouldn't have to be stuck again. "The nurse over here told me if I'd call you, you could give them to me" <sigh>..
    So I end up being the bad guy and explain we'd have to go through getting a release, etc. Mom wasn't happy.
  6. by   Scavenger'sWife
    Ditto on the on-line tutorial.....we do a lot of training stuff like that...it always offers a pre-test and if ya pass it, ya can "pass" the whole thing. Like you said, took me all of 10 minutes.

    Per the Hippo t-shirt....am big enough w/o having a damn HIPPO on my back....
  7. by   RN-PA
    We have to either attend a 45 minute meeting or print copies of the HIPPA training from the computer and pass a written test. (There's no test if you attend a meeting.) None of the meeting times fit into my schedule very well, so the material and exam are awaiting me on my desk here at home. I believe our deadline is April 14.
  8. by   TX Guy
    Hey Shygirl, good to see ya!

    They have those sessions here also. The hospital I volunteer at has sent me a couple of flyers but havent gone to one. Guess I'm not a very good volunteer.

    P
  9. by   eldernurse
    HIPPA is another example of big stupid heads getting together and trying to make it a perfect world, with no foot in the real world of medicine.
  10. by   deespoohbear
    originally posted by eldernurse
    hippa is another example of big stupid heads getting together and trying to make it a perfect world, with no foot in the real world of medicine.



    amen!!!


    truer words were never spoken!!!
  11. by   ShandyLynnRN
    I sat through a class on this also. Actually it was just a video, and it basically covered all the "confidentiality" stuff that we basically already knew.

    My only problem with it is that we aren't able to call and check on the patients that we have transferred to larger hospitals now.

    However, I didn't hear anything about the new insurance regs and what the article was talking about. That article was clear as mud too!!!
  12. by   Disablednurse
    I don't mean to sound stupid, but I have not worked since 12/19/01. What is HIPPA?
  13. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by nurs4kids
    We've had it so drilled in our heads that I think I may have a few extra orifice..

    is the plural "orifii"?
  14. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by ShandyLynnRN
    My only problem with it is that we aren't able to call and check on the patients that we have transferred to larger hospitals now.

    In regards to that question, I was wondering about nursing homes that call and inquire about their residents who have been admitted? We have 2 nursing homes that are owned by our hospital and we get nurses calling all the time about their residents. Then we all get the home health care nurses calling about their patients. Personally, I will be glad to say: "Sorry, I can't release any information to you." Maybe they will stop calling so much....

    This HIPAA stuff is pretty frightening to me. Everyone at our facility is walking around on eggshells scared to death that they are going to break the law and be "sanctioned." There is already a shortage of healthcare workers nationwide. I believe that when prospective healthcare workers are fully informed about HIPAA, they may think twice about going into healthcare. I know I would definitely be giving it a second thought now.

    I hope in the future that some lawmaker who was instrumental in passing HIPAA lands in the hospital and his/her family can't get any information on him d/t HIPAA. Would serve them right.

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