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    OB-GYN under fire for posting patient info on Facebook | Fox News

    Was it inappropriate for the doctor to post this even though no name was given? Should she have been fired?

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    I do not possibly see how this could be breaching any privacy rules as no name is given.

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    No name was given so I do not understand how it violates HIPAA. I will have to read the HIPAA laws on the govnt website to double check that, though.

    I have doctor friends on my FB and they post things as well. I really don't see how it's a violation at all without a name and DOB.

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    I agree. No HIPAA violations were broken. If her employer has a rule against this, like other debates, I expect then that she can receive due punishment.

    I read the comments from the other doctor trying to say that they will help you find another doctor. Does she really realize how hard it is to legally discharge a patient from your practice. If you don't do it properly, and something goes wrong, they can sue you and in big money. It's crazy.

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    Side story: I have had patients try to get pissy with me when I call them from the waiting room by their first and last name... They claim it's a HIPAA violation when it's actually not a violation at all. Now if I said, "Susie Smith, come on back it's your turn to learn your gonorrhea test results" then yes that would be a violation.

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    LOL at Gonorrhea test

    I have a couple doctor friends on FB, they both post things too. I dont see a HIPAA violation with no information given.
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    BTW, I HATE people being late. It is my very biggest pet peeve in life. I think it is the most inconsiderate thing. If I were that doctor I would be mad too
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    I don't see it as a violation. That situation would be very frustrating! I understand why should would want to vent. As long as she doesn't give any identifying details then I don't see the issue.
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    Threatening to refuse care? Yup, can see that as totally fireable.


    Technically there is no privacy violation. BUT, if someone that she knows also uses the same ob/gyn and knows her habits of being late or not showing at all they can pretty much identify her right there.

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    Today I posted on my facebook about plagiarism. I didn't name any names, just that it is a dead giveaway when I find the exact same paper, word for word, complete with random apostrophes and quotation marks, on a free essay website. It never even occurred to me that it would violate the privacy of the one who turned in the paper. Similarly, I can't see how the dr.'s vent is any different. How could she have rephrased it? "I hate it when patients are late." It was already generic enough.

    I think it goes to far. What is acceptable? Is it okay if she praises a patient? "I had a woman give birth to the most beautiful baby today"?
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