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Code of Ethics, Medical DO's, HIPAA and Medical Charts being held hostage!

I have a friend who thinks his/her DO ordered extra blood to be drawn (without his/her knowledge for why there'd one extra vial of blood), to try and use that blood as some sort of evidence in an investigation, what type of investigation is yet to be determined.
I have a friend who thinks his/her DO ordered extra blood to be drawn (without his/her knowledge for why there'd one extra vial of blood), to try and use that blood as some sort of evidence in an investigation, what type of investigation is yet to be determined. The reason for the order was to check the Thyroid Gland which normally only requires one vial blood, not the two that were drawn that day at the clinic by the lab technician. My friend also told me about handing over important papers to the DO to read, but found out later that the DO handed them off to someone else who copied them without my friends knowledge, or consent to do so. This was after the blood draw not before. Later my friend was told that the information handed over to the DO became the property of the health clinic, since the DO was employed by the clinic, that gave them the right to keep copies of these papers? Something else my friend told me about the clinic that needs to be aired out. My friend had other Medical Charts sent to the DO from other Doctors and clinic's, but now finds out that in order to obtain those charts my friend has to pay for them? Seems like the clinic is holding my friends medical charts hostage, and wants my friend to pay a ransom (for copies of his charts from other Doctors and clinics) to the clinic to get his/her medical charts. This is not joke! My questions about this is very a simple; whatever happened to the patients right to privacy? What happened to HIPAA, wasn't this law suppose to further protect the patient? Whatever became of Doctor/Patient Code of Ethics in protecting the patients right to privacy? What law book are they reading from, when the DO hands over papers not meant to be copied and used against the Patient? The AMA and the States have Code and laws against such illegal activity, so how is it possible that this DO and the clinic can attempt get away with a crime, a violation of trust between Doctor and Patient?

something stinks 26.Oct.2008 11:34

a med. clinic employee

Did your friend sign a release of information? If not the person who gave someone access to your friend's medical records can be charged criminally. Under HIPPA law a patient has to sign a release that specifies what info is allowed to be released to what party.