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My medical records and HIPAA
I have a major problem that i hope some people here can help me out with concerning my medical records. I am a medical marijuana patient and my regular family doctor is also aware of this and actually supports my use to control my pain issues. Everything was fine until i found out that my sister in-laws who both work in the medical field, decided to do some snooping into my medical records. They found out im a regular user of cannabis because of past blood work and tox screens and his notes im assuming, and i am not sure what else. They also now know of my past use of narcotic pain killers and everything else you can only imagine. I have basically been at war with my in-laws for the past 20 years, and now they have decided to cross that line trying to dig up any type of dirt they can. They truly are all fucking crazy!! The majority of both sides of my family are hardcore against the use of any type of drug, legal or illegal it doesn't matter. This medical records shit has basically put me in a living hell for the past two weeks, and has permanently changed my relationships with my relatives. Btw...my wife supports my use of anything i choose to use to help with my pain, and she is a strong supporter of marijuana and also supports the fact that i might ruin both of her sisters careers by going after them using HIPAA regulations. I have never went after my in-laws over anything over the course of all these years, iv been sitting back and taking it. But now it's game on mother fuckers. My question to you all is how do i go about proving that they accessed my private medical records? I am in the process of finding the right type of reputable lawyer right now, and i for sure will not let her family know what i am doing, or the hospitals they work at. Do i contact HIPAA or just let the lawyer take the necessary steps. I'm guessing that every time someone looks up a record in the system, there must be a history of who looked it up with dates and times? I know people in the medical field go down for this shit all the time, and usually end up with criminal charges on top of being terminated. My problem is that i am just lost and i honestly don't know where to start to get this rolling. Is there a way for me to find out WHO looked up what,when and where, before i even get a lawyer involved? Pulling my own records wont help. I need to know and see for myself WHO exactly looked at them. Stressed out to the max. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
Last edited by Meowlistenhere; 01-23-2013 at 03:10 AM.
If they were looking at your records electronically, it is in a log somewhere on the computers involved and a lawyer can get the ball rolling on getting those computers records or even getting the computers seized if they are good enough. But you don't want to go down that road. You will not just ruin their careers, they will be sent to jail for something like that and perhaps even be made an example of for breaking HIPPA laws. Also you'll be including people who have nothing to do with your family problems. And right now with the "forced" transition to electronic medical records going on they will be made examples of so we can all feel safe about our records. Get a lawyer who specializes in medical liability with a good knowledge of HIPPA laws and have him threaten the shit out of them. Show them the error of their ways, but don't press charges, then you'll be the bigger guy to everone and have a big fat hammer over their dumbasses. Especially good if they're the harpie kind of in-law who starts shit every few months. Jail keep a motherfucka in check 9 times outta 10 . Good Luck.
How did you find out they looked? Word of mouth I assume?
I'd say HIPAA will have it's own means of investigating, which costs nothing to you, unlike a lawyer. They take it serious.
They came at me out of the blue with all kinds of shit from my past medical history in detail. When my wife got into it with them, they told her they looked. They know dates, doctors, they know ALL my past medical history. Combined electronic medical records. One is a registered nurse who just finished some schooling to become a P.A. or N.P., i forgot. And the other is x-ray tech. Both work at huge hospitals and have easy access.
Originally Posted by tumorhead
I AM CANADIAN
HIPPA is not a group but a set of Federal laws that define privacy standards. You can go here for more info, http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/ and make a complaint, but I would talk to their employers first who will almost certainly shit can them if they can corroborate any of your claims. There employers will take it very seriously and may take them to court or file complaints for/with you. They will probably lose their licenses, certainly the tech will who should know better. They will also be exposed to Federal prosecution if you make a formal complaint. Including their employers, who at that point will try to get as far away as they can from your in-laws actions.
If you do ask them questions from HHS, don't use real names or try to make it sound like you're just trying to understand some rules and want to know how far different medical personnel can go into your files. This is scorched earth territory if you talk to the Feds. The people they work for will get in BIG trouble too.
Best bet is to talk to a lawyer or two. They will show you where all your actions will lead.
Last edited by FranJan; 01-23-2013 at 02:15 PM.
I guess "game on mother fuckers" does sound a little like i want revenge lol. Guess it was the mood i was in when i started this. I'm only human. When someone barges into your life and shreds your privacy and fucks with your family, its hard not to want to hurt them back. I don't consider it revenge by me wanting them to pay for there actions using the laws that were set up to protect anyone from this type of thing. It's a reaction. I COULD be dirty and take "revenge" into my own hands by pulling some illegal shit back at them. But in 20 years that has never been a "motive" of mine. If someone breaks into my house and i call the cops and have them arrested...is that revenge? Once i get a lawyer involved and HIPAA involved..there's no stopping it. This might stop them from ever screwing with me again, or it will start a shit storm between us that will never end. I have more of a conscience than my in-laws do. This crap probably isn't a big deal to most people on here, but it's life changing for me and anyone else involved.
Originally Posted by ru4r34l
Last edited by Meowlistenhere; 01-23-2013 at 05:41 PM.
Firstly, take the time to document as much as possible: all names, dates, times, and disclosures that you can possibly recall. Secondly, I would take the complaint directly to the institutions where the crime occurred and inform them of your findings. See what they do about it, this could save you lawyer fees. If lawyer fees are not an issue, then find one that has experience in this particular area or you will waste a lot of money listening to idiot lawyers blow smoke up you ass.
My opinion, burn those motherfuckers to a crisp.
Thanks for your input buddy. Things are getting worse. Some people are truly just full of hate. I feel more and more everyday they deserve what they have coming.
Originally Posted by fg2020