HIPAA: Access to Records

By Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq. A key purpose of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is certainly to protect patient information. Another is to help ensure that patients have access to their health information. In fact, the Office of Civil...

Somebody Messed Up!

by Elizabeth E Hogue, Esq., After a hospitalized patient suffered a severe choking incident and was placed on life support, his family faced a difficult decision in response to a telephone call from the hospital. They were asked if they wanted to remove life support....