HS 101 Purdue Global University Medical Law and Bioethics Case Study


Read the case study. Respond to the questions that correspond to the scenario and upload to the appropriate Dropbox.

Each question should be answered in complete sentences, using correct
sentence structure. Responses should be free of grammatical,
punctuation, and spelling errors.

Case Study:

A patient has just left the office after having an outpatient surgery
procedure. As you get ready to put away the patientÂ’s file, you realize
that the patient has forgotten to take his prescriptions and after-care
instruction sheets home with him. It is vital for proper healing and
recovery for the patient to have these documents. You know you will have
to contact this patient so you look inside for his contact information
and signed HIPAA Release of Information form.

Questions to answer:

  1. Under HIPAA, are you legally allowed to view this patientÂ’s medical information? Why or why not?
  2. In this case, how would you be able to correct your error and
    provide the missing documents and instructions to the patient while
    still protecting patient confidentiality under HIPAA?
  3. List 3 ways patient confidentiality is maintained in the reception/waiting area of a medical office.
  4. A breach of confidentiality can result in what consequences for a healthcare professional?
  5. Identify and explain two exceptions to confidentiality in healthcare settings.

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