The Signature Burden

CMS Administrator Seema Verma, who attended this month’s HIMSS Annual Meeting, tweeted “[w]e can sequence the entire human genome, but we still can’t get much more than a print-out, fax or CD ROM when we leave the doctor’s office.”Indeed. If we can even get that. At a time when legal...

Stories of Non-Compliance: Fax & Email Requests

We sent a plethora of requests to a massive, well-known hospital chain on the west coast recently, and they responded by sending us this: ***Action Required*** Faxed/Emailed Requests No Longer Accepted — Please Mail Requests With Prepayment. Just forget for the moment that the email we received included an encrypted password just...

Imaging Included

Radiology BusinessAs Deven stated in the last post, the “designated record set”- the data that we, as patients, have a right to -is an often misunderstood aspect of our rights under HIPAA. As an example, many patients don’t realize they have a right to copies of all of their imaging-every...

Overcoming the Obstacles

Sitting in the office of Dr. Alexander Swistel at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, an internationally-recognized breast surgeon who has pioneered many of the newest advances in breast cancer treatments, I watched my 70 year old mother being examined after her third breast cancer diagnosis in 20 years. She...