VA: Local CPA wants medical faxes to stop

Dan Casey reports:

Richard Beason’s fax machine works pretty hard, spitting out documents regularly. One that came in July 13 was from a Roanoke cardiology office. He read part of that to me over the phone.

“Patient has been complaining of fatigue and daytime somnolence,” it reads. “We have obtained nocturnal pulse oximetry.”

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Beason gazes at these papers with no small amount of wonder. To him, they all might as well be written in Greek. His business isn’t medicine; it’s numbers. For 40 years, he’s worked as a certified public accountant. His office is in his Botetourt County home.

Read more on Roanoke.com. This is actually a pretty detailed article about how entities attempt to prevent such errors and how the recipient tried to track down the source of such problems so as to put a halt to it.

Read the whole thing and then think about what you think should be done to address this repeated problem.

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  1. Anonymous Coward - July 31, 2017

    These should be treated as HIPPA violations and violators fined accordingly, perhaps also with some percentage of the fine going to the reporter (in this case Beason).

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