Friday, December 02, 2005

Take Out the Crime

Now this is really juicy! A HIPAA compliance officer, whose former employers are saying is unreliable, is claiming that HIPAA required her to sit in on interviews of a shooting victim. Her testimony conflicts with everyone else's, including the hospital administrators who seem to be puzzled that she would have been involved.

Chartraw said her job responsibilities included ensuring a patient could submit to an interview and sitting through interviews with law enforcement officers to monitor patients' conditions throughout the interview. All three witnesses said no hospital policy required a HIPAA officer to sit through interviews or monitor patient conditions. The prosecution presented a letter from the hospital's attorney dated prior to Hilde's admittance that reiterated that HIPAA has no such requirement.

HIPAA is so wonderful! It means so many different things to so many different people. In this case, it seems to mean that a compliance officer can insert herself into a real life version of CSI. Or so she would seemingly have us believe.

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