I used to be an executive in the Mental Health field and haven't been in it for a few years. I could use some advice regarding the new Hippa laws from someone if possible. Used to, notification of next of kin was acceptable in confidentiality laws, apparently, now it is not, although I thought it was with my view of Hippa.
Last night I got news that my mother in Tennessee had a stroke. She is hospitalized and has "dangerously high blood pressure" right now. My mom and I haven't been that close over the years for good reason but that don't change my desire to provide some help. My sister who lives in Augusta Georgia told me that she had received a call from one of my mom's former coworkers and union member. She was given limited information and upon calling the hospital, was told that because of Hippa they could share nothing with her. I am calling the hospital this morning or early afternoon to try and gather information.
I find it strange that they would share no information with the next closest 'kin' and that information would be available to a non related union member who is in the hospital. Any catch phrases that would be of benefit to get information would be great, or any knowledge regarding how to deal with the issue would be great. My sister and I are trying to gather enough information to know how to respond and react. My sister is going up today or tomorrow, and will likely lose her job because of it. I am not sure yet as to what I will do, or how I will do it, a long story there that I could go into more detail in but prefer not to do that on a public forum. Anyway, any advice on this would be greatly appreciated as I need to help my sister as best as I can, and do what I can to help my mother, right now, the hospital is being jerks and won't share anything, we have no details at this point other than what I shared here.
Thanks in advance and email if you would rather, firstname.lastname@example.org