How Well Do You Know About Patient Confidentiality?

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Confidentiality is one of the fundamental duties of medical institutions in which health care providers retain a patient’s personal health information private. A violation of confidentiality happens when a patient's private or medical records is disclosed to a third party. This quiz has been made to test your knowledge about Confidentiality rules and laws and make you aware of your rights and laws. So, let's try out the quiz. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Your patient is in surgery. You are in the waiting room along with the patient's family members. After the doctor updates you on her condition, the family asks you what the doctor said. What do you tell the family?
    • A. 

      Explain you must keep information confidential until you check with the patient.

    • B. 

      Tell them that the doctor said everything will be all right.

    • C. 

      Interpret what the doctor said but ask them to keep it confidential because of the confidentiality principle.

    • D. 

      Interpret exactly what the doctor said with the same meaning and spirit.

  • 2. 
    You must call your patient at Fox Run Cancer Center to reschedule an appointment. When you call a man you don't know answers the phone. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Leave the information with the man on the phone.

    • B. 

      Explain you have confidential information from the cancer center.

    • C. 

      Ask who it is and then leave information with him.

    • D. 

      Do not leave any information, but call back later and speak with the patient.

  • 3. 
    Your patient who is very ill and sleeping in the hospital had communicated she wished her medical information to be shared with her husband. One day her brother shows up and says he is there on his brother's behalf to bring back news to the husband. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Accurately interpret the health news to be delivered by the brother to the husband.

    • B. 

      Tell the brother you are only authorized to give the husband the information.

    • C. 

      Write the information down so the brother can bring it to the husband.

    • D. 

      Refuse to speak to the brother, as you are forbidden to even greet him.

    • E. 

      Tell the brother he must get the information from the doctor.

  • 4. 
    Before a patient/provider session, a patient confides that he never took the cholesterol medication the doctor prescribed. Later, when the doctor asks him he likes the medication, the patient says that it's fine. What do you say or do?
    • A. 

      Tell the doctor right there in the session that the patient never took the medication.

    • B. 

      Tell the patient you cannot interpret for someone who lies.

    • C. 

      Accurately and objectively interpret only what is said during the patient/doctor session.

    • D. 

      Tell the patient privately that it is against the law to hide medical information as a way to get him to tell the doctor the truth.

  • 5. 
    The HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
    • A. 

      Applies only to disclosures by insurance companies

    • B. 

      Applies only to disclosures to insurance companies

    • C. 

      Applies only to disclosures between insurance companies.

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 6. 
    A medical practice patient is routinely late paying for services, is rude to the office staff, and is late to scheduled appointments. Because no payment for services has been made in nearly a year, the office manager sends a registered letter to the patient stating that the medical practice will be no longer responsible for the patient’s care. The day after the letter is received, the patient suffers a heart attack and the hospital notifies the medical practice. No member of the practice will attend the patient because the practice takes the position it is no longer responsible for the patient’s care. The action of the medical practice would likely be considered
    • A. 

      An ethical violation and legal abandonment

    • B. 

      Appropriate

    • C. 

      An ethical violation

    • D. 

      Legal abandonment

  • 7. 
    The insurance company that insures a health care provider who uses his or her professional position to sexually molest a patient
    • A. 

       may avoid providing coverage under a malpractice policy

    • B. 

      Must provide coverage under a malpractice policy

    • C. 

      Is relieved of providing coverage under a malpractice policy only if the conduct is found to be unethical.

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 8. 
    The theory that one health care professional can be held legally liable for the acts of another health care professional is based on the law of
    • A. 

      Strict liability

    • B. 

      Res ipsa loquitur

    • C. 

      Respondeat superior

    • D. 

      Sua sponte

  • 9. 
    An act by a health care professional during the delivery of care, services, or treatment can result in which of the following?
    • A. 

      Professional discipline

    • B. 

      Criminal prosecution

    • C. 

      Civil suit

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 10. 
    A health care provider generally is not liable for the act of a subordinate health care professional if the act is
    • A. 

      An intentional tort

    • B. 

      Negligent

    • C. 

      Subject to a medical malpractice statutue

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 11. 
    It is possible for a health care provider to provide care, treatment, and services and not create a professional relationship with a patient.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False