Because freedom can't protect itself
Have you heard of HIPPA???
It is refreshing to read of an organization that recognizes it has made a mistake and immediately acts to prevent a similar future mistake.
Good work by all involved.
Maggie what does the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 have to do with this. Check
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/m2e411a1.htm for more information.
HIPAA does set guidelines on sharing patient information, which might prevent her partner from getting information, but would not bar her from visiting or providing information about her history.
All I know is that recently my husband was rushed to the hospital. He had to sign a HIPPA statement before I was able to receive any information at all.
Maggie - I hope that your husband is OK now.
The Fresno hospital situation was scary. Not only could one partner not receive information, she could not provide life-critical information. This is not covered by HIPAA.
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