HIPAAplay

Information about HIPAAplay

Published on February 28, 2008

Author: Cajetano

Source: authorstream.com

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Medical Practice "Before and After" :  Medical Practice "Before and After" Re-Writing the Script With HIPAA Adapted from a Script written by:  Helen Hadley President of VantagePoint HealthCare Advisors Adapted from a Script written by SCENE I...BEFORE HIPAA:  SCENE I...BEFORE HIPAA Typical busy physicians' office, early AM. Reception room is filled with patients. Ringing phones, conversations, and laughter emanate from the inner office. (David, the receptionist, leans through open reception window, computer monitor in view, and a phone on his shoulder.) (He acknowledges her….):  DAVID. Good morning, Mrs. Adams. You are here for your colonoscopy, right? And, did you bring the oncologist's records? MRS. ADAMS. Oh...uh, yes. I couldn't get my records, though. Can you have them faxed here? (He acknowledges her….) (Just then, the Medical Assistant walks into the Reception Room.):  MEDICAL ASSISTANT. Mrs. Adams, we are ready for you. (She spots a familiar face and walks over.) Mrs. Flynn! How are you? I saw your daughter, Katie, the other day. She stopped in to pick up her lab test results before heading back to college. Is she OK? MRS. FLYNN. (Puzzled and ruffled.) What do you mean? Katie was here for lab tests? She didn't say anything to me! MEDICAL ASSISTANT. Oh, sorry, Mrs. Flynn. Maybe you can ask Dr. Trzaski. Mrs. Adams? Follow me... (Just then, the Medical Assistant walks into the Reception Room.) SCENE I...AFTER HIPAA:  SCENE I...AFTER HIPAA Same busy office, early morning. (David, the receptionist, sits at the closed reception window, speaking quietly into a headset, and looks up at Mrs. Adams over the small flat screen monitor that backs up to window area.) DAVID. (Opening the window.) Good morning, Mrs. Adams. (He checks the appointment schedule to learn reason for Mrs. Adams' visit.) (He acknowledges her):  DAVID. Did you bring along the records that we requested? MRS. ADAMS. Hi...no, I couldn't get my records. Can you have them faxed here? DAVID. Sure. In the meantime, this is our Privacy Notice. Please read it, and then I will need you to sign this Acknowledgement form so that we have a record of your receiving it. (He acknowledges her) (Just then, the Medical Assistant walks into the Reception Room):  MEDICAL ASSISTANT. Mrs. Adams, we are ready for you. (She spots a familiar face and walks over.) Mrs. Flynn! How are you? How is Katie? Tell her I said 'hello.' MRS. FLYNN. OK. But, I understand Katie was here for lab tests. Can you tell me anything? MEDICAL ASSISTANT. Mrs. Flynn, I'm sorry, but you'll need to ask Katie for that information. We cannot release any information on patients without their authorization. I hope you understand. Mrs. Adams? Follow me... (Just then, the Medical Assistant walks into the Reception Room) SCENE II...BEFORE HIPAA:  SCENE II...BEFORE HIPAA (Exam Room #1. Mrs. Adams has just completed her visit with Dr. Matthews.) MRS. ADAMS. Doctor, I am still unsure what is happening here. Can I please have a look at my records? DR. MATTHEWS. Mrs. Adams, no need to worry yourself with paperwork...you know you can trust me. I will explain everything... SCENE II...AFTER HIPAA:  SCENE II...AFTER HIPAA (Exam Room #1. Mrs. Adams has just completed her visit with Dr. Matthews.) MRS. ADAMS. Doctor, I am still unsure what is happening here. Can I please have a look at my records? DR. MATTHEWS. Absolutely, Mrs. Adams, let me get one of our staff to show you to a private room to review your record. SCENE III...BEFORE HIPAA:  SCENE III...BEFORE HIPAA (Exam Room #2. Dr. Trzaski enters to find Mrs. Flynn flipping through her chart.) DR. TRZASKI. Mrs. Flynn! (Surprised and annoyed.) May I have your record, please? If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them for you. MRS. FLYNN. Actually, Doctor, I do have questions about Katie. I understand that she had some lab tests performed. Can you tell me the results? DR. TRZASKI. (Dials Medical Records.) Charlotte, please bring Katie Flynn's chart to me in Room 2. SCENE III...AFTER HIPAA:  SCENE III...AFTER HIPAA (Exam Room #2. Dr. Trzaski opens the door to find Mrs. Flynn flipping through her chart.) DR. TRZASKI. Hello, Mrs. Flynn! Did you have any questions regarding your records? I will be happy to answer them for you. MRS. FLYNN. Actually, Doctor, I do have several questions about Katie. I understand that she had some lab tests last week. Can you tell me the results? DR. TRZASKI. I understand your concern, Mrs. Flynn. However, if Katie is a patient here and she wants to share her information, she will have to provide us with a written authorization. SCENE IV...BEFORE HIPAA:  SCENE IV...BEFORE HIPAA (Medical Records file room. Several file clerks are chatting, prepping charts, filing paperwork, and taking requests for chart pulls.) REBECCA. Hey, Greg. Take a look at this chart. Isn't he in our class? GREG. (Looking over Rebecca's shoulder.) You bet he is. Wait until everyone hears about this! REBECCA. What should I do with these duplicate lab reports? GREG. Just throw them out -- we only need one copy in the chart. (She continues):  REBECCA. And, what about this records request from Attorney Anderson? What should I send? GREG. Just photocopy the entire chart and get it out to her. (She continues) SCENE IV...AFTER HIPAA:  SCENE IV...AFTER HIPAA (Medical Records file room. Several file clerks are chatting, prepping charts, filing paperwork, and taking requests for chart pulls.) REBECCA. Hey, Greg. Take a look at this chart. Isn't he in our class? GREG. Rebecca, you know we shouldn't be discussing any patient or looking at their records. Please, just file the lab work and put the chart back in file. REBECCA. What should I do with these duplicate lab reports? GREG. Shred the duplicates. We need only one copy in the chart. (She continues):  REBECCA. And, what about this request for records from Attorney Anderson? What should I send out? GREG. Our Privacy Officer should review these record requests. She will decide if the appropriate authorization is in place and what should be sent. It might only be a portion of the entire record that will be released. (She continues) SCENE V...BEFORE HIPAA:  SCENE V...BEFORE HIPAA (Billing Office. Patient account representatives are working in an open office with billing records and charts strewn over desks.) ALYSSA. (On the phone.) No, Mrs. Smith, we can't send your bill to your work address. We have only one field in the computer for an address. Sorry. BRIAN. (On the phone.) You want us to change the diagnosis on your claim form? We can't do that! I understand that you didn't come in for your diabetes, but it IS one of your diagnoses, so there is no reason to change your record or claim form. SCENE V...AFTER HIPAA:  SCENE V...AFTER HIPAA (Billing Office. Patient account representatives are working in an open office with billing records and charts strewn over desks.) ALYSSA. (On the phone.) Certainly, Mrs. Smith, we can send your bill to your work address. May I take that information now? BRIAN. (On the phone.) You want us to change the diagnosis on your claim form? Let me have my supervisor check with the physician and determine if we billed incorrectly. May I fax over to you or mail to you a "Request for Amendment" form? This will be the best way to get this corrected for you. SCENE VI...BEFORE HIPAA:  SCENE VI...BEFORE HIPAA The day is drawing to a close. Employees are rushing to finish their work. Tomorrow's charts are placed with the appointment schedule and left on the receptionist's desk. Wastebaskets overflow with discarded appointment schedules, superbills and duplicate reports. Filing cabinets are open, and billing office computer screens still reflect patient account information. SCENE VI...AFTER HIPAA:  SCENE VI...AFTER HIPAA The day is drawing to a close. Employees are rushing to finish their work. Tomorrow's charts are placed with the appointment schedule in a lower closed file cabinet. The wastebaskets are overflowing with shredded, discarded papers. The filing cabinets are closed and the computers are shut down.

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