nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Monday, February 7, 2011

Medical Cartoonville - 7 Feb 11

 
Most health care people hate HIPAA.  This is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.  A Frankenstein monster.

Some pharmacies were selling customers names to drug companies.  It need to be stopped.  Instead of addressing that focused issue, Congress wrote an all-encompassing Privacy Act.   Bureaucrats then expanded on the regulatory power.

Now, I can't discuss a case with another doctor in the hallway, or link an identifying name or number to a case in an email.  Technically, those chart boxes on the wall in your doctor's clinic that have your record in them, so she can look at it before entering to see you, are questionable....they're exposed.

Along with boxing in any freedom of consultation and discussion to further healthcare quality, the law and policy-writers put in requirements that you document every time you discuss something with another professional.  There's a form to fill out.   And you have to post HIPAA regulations, and get people sign that they understand them (Did you understand all that legal jargon when you were standing sick, at the window?)

Absolute madness.  If you get upset that you can't get an appointment, it may be because I'm filling out forms (about 15% of most doctors time).

So, I think we are not far away from the following:



Doc D
 
 

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