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Hudson - Litchfield News 2 - January 28, 2011

What is a Violation of HIPAA Rules – Did Hudson Selectmen Step On the Line?

by Doug Robinson During the January 25 Board of Selectmen’s meeting, Chairman Ken Massey personally identified a medical patient who wished to settle his ambulance bill with Hudson for 33 percent less than billed.

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In a memo written from Hudson Town Administrator Steve Malizia to the Board of Selectmen, he states, “Attached, please find correspondence from Attorney Kirk Simoneau representing a Town of Hudson ambulance patient proposing a 33 percent reduction on an outstanding town of Hudson ambulance billing. The ambulance bill dates back to March 1, 2010, and was in the amount of $476.49. Attorney Simoneau’s offer would reduce the amount of the bill by one-third thereby offering to settle the bill for $317.66.” Selectmen were asked to accept or reject the request the offer.

Chairman Massey stated that the patient’s (name withheld) “personal injury case was settled for the sum of $30,000 in spite of the fact that the bills totaled $15,000.” “My guess,” Massey continued, “is that he has the numbers reversed. On the base of it, he has more money than he settled for. And equally important in my mind, this individual does not have medical insurance, so we are being asked to subsidize somebody who does not have medical insurance.” Federal Health Insurance Portability and

Accountability Act (HIPAA) laws state, “The Privacy Rule, a Federal law, gives you rights over your health information and sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your health information. The Privacy Rule applies to all forms of individuals’ protected health information, whether electronic, written, or oral.” Federal HIPAA laws define patient confidentiality to individuals, organizations, and agencies as: • Information your doctors, nurses, and other health care providers put in your medical record,

• Conversations your doctor has about your care or treatment with nurses and others,

• Information about you in your health insurer’s computer system,

• Billing information about you at your clinic, • Most other health information about you held by those who must follow these laws. As the discussion continued, Selectman Shawn

Jasper commented that this individual was a “resident of Litchfield” and that the billing issue should be resolved by Litchfield. The Hudson Board of Selectmen voted 5/0 not to accept the patient’s offer to settle for $317.66 and to demand full payment of $476.49 for services rendered by Hudson’s Ambulance Service.

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by Doug Robinson In an effort to inform the public better to the ongoing activities of those parcels of land that will be going before the land use boards, Hudson will be requiring land owners to post a “notice” stating the purpose of that activity. “We are trying to make a better system of notification,” commented Hudson Selectman Richard Maddox. “For those who have seen these in several places around town, it is another method that something

is going on.” Land use sign

Maddox continued to state that the new signs will alert abutters as well as neighbors that land in question will be required to have a public hearing to discuss the proposed use. “Unless you know the lot and map numbers, you are not going to get a feel” for what is being

requested of the town regarding a specific piece of land.

Alvirne’s Deanna Purcell Receives McDonald’s All American Nomination

was recently nominated to the McDonald’s All American High School Girls Basketball Team. A complete list on nominees is available on www. McDonaldsAllAmerican. com.

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Nominees were submitted by members of the McDonald’s All American Selection Committee, as well as state representatives who closely follow prep basketball in each player’s respective area. McDonald’s will name the final roster of 24 boys and 24 girls during the 2011 McDonald’s All American Selection Show on ESPNU, airing February 10 at 5:30 p.m. ET. The 10th annual Girls’ Game will tip off on Wednesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. CT inside the famed United Center in Chicago, IL, and will broadcast live on ESPNU. The 34th annual Boys’ Game tips off at 9 p.m. CT and will air live on ESPN. Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster or

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of both Games will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Chicago and Northwest Indiana (RMHC- CNI). To date, millions of dollars have been donated to RMHC Chapters from proceeds generated at the McDonald’s All American Games. “The All American Basketball Game is a great tradition of recognizing the excellent athletes we have in New England while helping to raise funds for RMHC,” said Karen McEachern, Executive Director of RMHC of Eastern New England, the local chapter. Since it was organized in 1986, RMHC of Eastern New England has given over $20 million to organizations and programs helping thousands of children and families throughout Eastern New England. RMHC of Eastern New England provides on-going support to both the Boston and Providence Ronald McDonald Houses, which provide a home away from home for the families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals and two Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles. The Care Mobile in Worcester, MA, provides medical and dental care to children with unmet healthcare needs, and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile in Rhode Island (a.k.a The Molar Express) provides dental care to children in 20 communities.

Since 1978, more than 1,000 male and female athletes have competed in the McDonald’s All American Games, forming an elite list of players in basketball history. McDonald’s All American athletes include basketball greats Alonzo Mourning, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Candace Parker, Kevin Durant, and Derrick Rose.

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