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2 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law for New York on
Q: Im a nurse.the hospital called to say im being "investigated for inappropriate access to a patient chart"recommendation?

Im a contracted local travel nurse to this hospital. I have not spoken directly with the hospital yet. I Believe they think is a HIPPA violation.

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C.Doris Okafor Dike answered on Nov 7, 2021

You have a duty to the organization you are doing contract work with and a duty to your patients to keep the information confidential. If there is a suspicion that you accessed charts or information inappropriately the Hospital will be held accountable under HIPAA and you could face disciplinary... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Botox Injections in Pa

I am an RN certified in Botox and derma filler injections. I aware that injections must be supervised by an MD/DO. My question is does the doctor have to be physically present for a nurse to do injections or can he be within a certain distance and accessible by phone? Is there a regulation that you... Read more »

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C.Doris Okafor Dike answered on Aug 19, 2019

Hi, I am not a lawyer in PA. I will say that here in Texas delegation really depends on state statutes. I'd check out your scope of practice laws in Pennsylvania. Certainly tele-medicine is a thing but some states have distance requirements when physicians delegate tasks. Also, are you a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice on
Q: I am a nurse in wis and need to know if i need to change my name on my nursing license now or in six mouths?

So after 5 years of being together my boyfriend and I are getting married. So my question is I will have about 5 1/2 months after we get married until my nursing license ( i am a RN) needs to be renewed. What do I do? Renew right after my name change, work under my maiden name until the time I need... Read more »

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C.Doris Okafor Dike answered on Aug 19, 2019

I am not a Wisc attorney so I am not familiar with their statutes. Generally speaking, you can keep your maiden name on all documents or change your license. Its really a preference thing. Some people prefer the names on all their licenses and degrees to match.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Health Care Law, Libel & Slander and Medical Malpractice on
Q: Is it considered a breach of DR/ Patient confidentiality if a NP posts the exact treatment you received on social media?

An NP posted she had injected 20 units of Botox to me on Yelp's website in response to my review questioning her bedside manner (which was false according to my receipt I actually purchased 40 units) and disfigured my eyebrows causing me to be subject to ridicule and depression as there is no... Read more »

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C.Doris Okafor Dike answered on Aug 15, 2019

This becomes dicey. What was the information you posted on yelp? If you posted about her care she may respond. She may not mention the type of care you services rendered if you never mentioned what work you had done.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination on
Q: Discrimination during employment

What is the responsibility of an employer who did not attempt to prevent racial discrimination in the workplace, after several complaints from an employee, for discrimination against him, which eventually turned into physical abuse against him, and when he defended himself, he was fired along with... Read more »

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C.Doris Okafor Dike answered on Aug 13, 2019

An employer is responsible for appropriately responding to incidents of racial discrimination. It is advisable, however, to contact a lawyer soon after realizing your complaints are not getting addressed appropriately. What type of worker were you? How soon were you fired after making complaints?... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: Do you sue your previous employer (the company) or the individual for providing false info to a prospective employer?

I recently applied at a company and coincidentally knew an individual that worked there, who gave me an initial recommendation. However an individual at my PREVIOUS employer knew the hiring manager there and stated false, incorrect statements about my character, which caused me to not even get an... Read more »

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C.Doris Okafor Dike answered on Aug 9, 2019

It Depends. Was the individual a HR director, CEO,COO, or anybody in the C-suite for the company? Or were they a regular worker for the company?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Texas on
Q: Employer forcing me to relocate out of state or be fired, signed a non compete so I can't get work in Houston. What now?

In Texas, stated specifically that I wasn't willing to move before employment. I received no special knowledge or benefit for non compete, the knowledge is generally known. I cannot work within 50 miles from or within year after leaving my employer. My question is, if I am forced to move to... Read more »

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C.Doris Okafor Dike answered on Aug 9, 2019

Hello, I would suggest having a Texas lawyer review your entire agreement. Non-competes in Texas are enforceable under certain circumstances. 50 miles seems like a huge area but I would need to see the whole agreement to really answer this question.

Restrictive covenants or noncompete...
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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Georgia on
Q: Can a Dr treating me at the hospital tell my pain management Dr I failed a drug screening or is that covered by hippa
C.Doris Okafor Dike
C.Doris Okafor Dike answered on Aug 9, 2019

Hello, Doctors involved in the treatment of care may share PHI, or protected health information with each other in order to provide the best quality of care to patients. Unless you signed a waiver of some sort physicians may share information regarding their patients to other physicians treating... Read more »

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