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    HIPAA for veterinarians?!?

    Rather than getting my pets vaccinated at my regular vet, I went to a cheapo clinic offered at a church fundraiser last October. We got everything done at about a third of the price. The discount was a godsend, they gave me excellent paperwork, and I even got them all registered with the county at the same time. I duly dropped all this paperwork off with my regular vet, and they congratulated me on scoring such a good deal. No problems.

    I have an appointment with my regular vet tomorrow to get Fido groomed. When I called in on Friday, they said they couldn't find Fido's shot records. The receptionist said that they couldn't just call the other clinic to get it faxed over. Why? New privacy laws! I have to bring it in personally.

    Since I'm coming anyway it's not a problem, but I'm a little dumbfounded over this. I can see all sorts of practical applications for privacy laws on human medical records. But it's not as if if my dog stands to lose a job or get blackmailed over having worms. Is someone going to steal his identity to get an illegal prescription for a flea collar? Maybe fake some credentials for a Canine Good Citizen certificate?

    Usually I'm a big fan of hands-on government (see the social programs thread.) But this has me scratching my head. Can anyone tell me the point of applying HIPAA to pets? I'd love to know. My vet's receptionist would too.
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    Re: HIPAA for veterinarians?!?

    It might be that too many owners are seeing their pets as humans lol! Dogs are now getting married, have parties, their own clothes shops, hotels etc so maybe owners feel all laws apply to their pets!
    The only thing I can think of is that your details could be the ones being kept confidential? Your address,phone number, bank details that sort of thing?
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    Re: HIPAA for veterinarians?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tez3 View Post
    The only thing I can think of is that your details could be the ones being kept confidential? Your address,phone number, bank details that sort of thing?
    It's possible. But then why wouldn't the laws apply to anything where a person has repeat business, like the grocery store? No, I think the issue is the health care aspect. I'll have to ask about it at the vet tomorrow. I find this quite intriguing.
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    Re: HIPAA for veterinarians?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tez3 View Post
    It might be that too many owners are seeing their pets as humans lol! Dogs are now getting married, have parties, their own clothes shops, hotels etc so maybe owners feel all laws apply to their pets!
    The only thing I can think of is that your details could be the ones being kept confidential? Your address,phone number, bank details that sort of thing?
    They also don't want everyone and their mother knowing about "Fido's" ketamine prescription...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frostbite View Post
    They also don't want everyone and their mother knowing about "Fido's" ketamine prescription...
    I gotta tell you I think anyone who shoots themselves up with pig tranq pretty much get what they deserve. Who was the idiot that thought it was a good idea in the 1st place?
    " hey look, really cheap pig tranq, known for giving even pigs bad trips, lets shoot up".
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    Re: HIPAA for veterinarians?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grendel308 View Post
    I gotta tell you I think anyone who shoots themselves up with pig tranq pretty much get what they deserve. Who was the idiot that thought it was a good idea in the 1st place?
    " hey look, really cheap pig tranq, known for giving even pigs bad trips, lets shoot up".
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    Re: HIPAA for veterinarians?!?

    Is there any of your own personally identifiable information in the pets records? Your address? Your phone number? SSN? Maybe copies of invoices/bills/receipts?

    Also, it sounds like there may have some confusion regarding HIPAA and veterinary medicine (http://www.avma.org/advocacy/state/issues/npi.asp) and maybe that confusionn lingers?
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    Flea Baby, every once in a while I get on my high horse and start to preach from up-on-high. I need to be hauled back down and reminded "there but for the grace of God go I". Point taken, you are right, my bad.
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