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Tip of the Week– Common Nurses’ HIPAA Myths and Misunderstandings
Some of the most common HIPAA myths can really foul up the efficient patient care process for RNs in a facility if the rules and underlying principles of HIPAA are not well understood by the nurses and other health professionals there. Many nurses make their lives harder by following HIPAA policies that don’t exist because of misunderstandings of the healthcare worker’s responsibilities.
The most important thing to remember is that, despite what you may have heard, HIPAA is not meant to impede the efficient management of patient care, especially in emergency situations. HIPAA is not to be used as an excuse to not share patient records and keep treatment history from others in the chain of care, including members of the patient’s own family. If they will be actively involved in assisting the patient when they return home, it is imperative they be included in care plans and discharge instructions.
Use the following links to help you improve your knowledge and your practice as a nurse and save you time and needless worry over HIPAA complaince. Share your own questions, comments and nursing HIPAA myths via the comments link below.
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