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Health Insurance and Religious Privacy


By CL   Follow   Fri, 17 Feb 2012, 3:53am PST   3,216 views   6 comments
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The other thread about Republican voters raised a lot of questions, in particular about religion and religious freedom.

I began to wonder, if the policy of a quasi-religious institution, like Catholic Charities or Loyola University hired a Hindu Doctor would he have to adhere to the Church's teaching on anything? Maybe as an employee he could not perform an abortion, but as a citizen does he not have the freedom to choose one for himself or his wife, based on the recommendation of his own Doctor?

And how much do HR Departments know about the illness you are being treated for? Is there a firewall between them and your privacy?

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APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   Fri, 17 Feb 2012, 8:37pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike (2)     Comment 1

You work for someone in the states, you are helpless. They own you and every scrap of information about you and can sell you or that information in a heartbeat.

CL   Mon, 20 Feb 2012, 9:18am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (2)     Comment 2

I wouldn't doubt it. I just wonder if the employer will know that someone dared to use contraceptives despite being a good Catholic otherwise?

Or that Senator Familyvalues caught gonorrhea from a hooker when he attended the grand opening of a new megachurch?

Or if a woman chose in vitro despite the Church's protestations?

thomas.wong1986   Wed, 22 Feb 2012, 2:40pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (2)     Comment 3

CL says

And how much do HR Departments know about the illness you are being treated for? Is there a firewall between them and your privacy?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_Insurance_Portability_and_Accountability_Act#Privacy_Rule

Lots of details on wiki...

http://www.officearrow.com/hr-and-benefits/workplace-confidentiality-and-the-hipaa-privacy-rule-oaiur-5631/view.html

Most people don't even realize that the HIPAA Privacy Rule is overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Services and enforced by the Office for Civil Rights. It protects the privacy of "individually identifiable health information." That means health information (be it medical, dental or mental) that can be directly attributed to you. So this includes:

Information your health care providers place in your medical record
Conversations your health care providers have about your care and treatment
Details about your health care in your health insurer's computer
Billing information related to your health
And pretty much any other health information obtained by those who must follow this law
The intent is to protect you from indiscriminate disclosure and sharing of your health information with people who just don't have a need to know. Entities covered by HIPAA include:

Health plans: health insurance companies, HMOs, company health plans, and certain government health plans such as Medicare and Medicaid.
Health care providers: doctors, clinics, hospitals, psychologists, chiropractors, nursing homes, pharmacies and dentists
Health care clearinghouses: firms that process non-standard health information received from another

thomas.wong1986   Wed, 22 Feb 2012, 2:49pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike (1)     Comment 4

CL says

Or that Senator Familyvalues caught gonorrhea from a hooker when he attended the grand opening of a new megachurch?

In real life, you will be more worried about the HR staff with their liberal socialist agenda eyeballing your behavior. Learn to bow low and kiss the ground when they enter the room.

jvolstad   Thu, 23 Feb 2012, 6:02am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 5

A number of years ago, I did some consulting work for the Mayo Clinic. I was told not to speak with or look at the Arab women in their burka's. The clinic had a number of rich Arab patients.

CL   Fri, 24 Feb 2012, 8:17am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 6

thomas.wong1986 says

CL says

Or that Senator Familyvalues caught gonorrhea from a hooker when he attended the grand opening of a new megachurch?

In real life, you will be more worried about the HR staff with their liberal socialist agenda eyeballing your behavior. Learn to bow low and kiss the ground when they enter the room.

Right. Interesting concept. Would they want to know these details for a non-political agenda, like how many claims people make, the number of children they have or are trying to have, addiction or mental health counseling (aside from wanting to know if you're on birth control)?

Can they know these things or do they just get a report of some kind? What kind of information do they normally get?

(I'll read through the wiki articles too. Thanks!)

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