18 May 2004
Submitted by eve on Tue, 05/18/2004 - 8:30pm. Bizarre
"He asked, but I didn't feel comfortable taking off my socks. *pause* ....Not in front of the nurse." --A woman talking on a cell phone in the Kaiser doctor's office lobby.
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Medical stuff
Posted by Intelligirly on Thu, 06/03/2004 - 11:47am.
Isn't it HIPPA?

I love Mike!
Posted by Jon on Fri, 06/04/2004 - 5:53am.
Here's a copy of the statute: http://aspe.hhs.gov/admnsimp/pl104191.htm


Hippos are those large animals that figure prominently in the "Hungry, Hungry Hippo Game"

HIPAA is the large statute that has a large impact on healthcare. Been to the doctor's office or dentist's lately? You've probably signed a confidentiality release form.
Posted by hypoxic on Mon, 05/31/2004 - 10:40am.
the nurse was male and the women didn't like undressing, even just her socks, in front of him?
Posted by Saint on Mon, 05/31/2004 - 10:24am.
Just because the quote is sort of about nurses and patients, it seems like a good place to put these totally work-safe links. I particularly like the long one from the nursing home (from the second link), since my wife used to work in a similar facility.
Here's why I've been in my job too long...
Posted by TheEileen on Wed, 06/02/2004 - 2:42pm.
I read your links and immediately was up in arms at the thought of someone "idly reading patient charts"...

My job?

Information Security Officer at a hospital where I give my life and my health in the pursuit of keeping YOUR medical records private.

Shudder - person with no permission reading someone else's medical charts. SHUDDER

The Eileen
Take the road not taken - the leaves crunch that much louder!
Can you say...
Posted by ParU on Wed, 06/02/2004 - 10:31pm.
HIPAA? And does the date April 21, 2005 ring a bell? Or maybe Administrative, Physical and Technical safeguards?
It's Amino world without Chemists
Hmm, can't say that it does...
Posted by Jon on Thu, 06/03/2004 - 8:06am.
...even though practically every day of my job I have to be on watch for Confidentiality concerns, in hospital IS software. :)
For legislation that was originally meant to make it easier for people changing jobs to keep insurance information up to date, it sure has grown. You've come a long way, baby!
Oh my...
Posted by ParU on Thu, 06/03/2004 - 9:15am.
Then you guys are in trouble, with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for ... (you Jon I'm sure know the rest). The Security Rule is effective on that date and it SERIOUSLY affects IT. Get thee to a website and check it out. Here's a good starting place - click on Security. http://www.calohi.ca.gov/state/calohi/ohiHome.jsp
It's Amino world without Chemists
Another reason VA's rock
Posted by TheEileen on Fri, 06/04/2004 - 4:23pm.
Ah the lovely advantage of working for the VA system.

#1 We've been under the Privacy Act since 1974, so we only had to do about 10% effort to meet HIPAA Privacy Standards, as opposed to most community healthcare which had to do a 100-80% effort.

#2 We already started working on Security five years ago and AGAIN, we already meet nearly all HIPAA Security standards and need only do a little more work.

Plus, we provide (generally) good healthcare and pretty damn cheap drugs to our nation's vets and that includes ME! Don't believe all those darn tv shows - they always like to focus on the negative - there is a LOT of good out there.

The Veteran Eileen
Take the road not taken - the leaves crunch that much louder!
Good gnus
Posted by Jon on Mon, 06/07/2004 - 7:59am.
Excellent! Working behind a desk, it's too easy for me to lament how tough HIPAA is. I need to listen more to all the folks who have already done the work, around the million and one things that are necessary for health care.
Good for you!!
Posted by ParU on Fri, 06/04/2004 - 4:46pm.
Eileen! If you guys meet the 'IT' part of the Security Rule, you're far ahead of the State of California, that's for sure.
It's Amino world without Chemists
Posted by umrguy on Thu, 06/03/2004 - 11:24pm.
I was in that show in high school (well, a minor part as one of the kids in the band, but it was still fun).

-There's someone in my head, but it's not me.-
One would hope that she wasn'
Posted by dave on Sun, 05/30/2004 - 7:06pm.
One would hope that she wasn't there to see a podiatrist.

"Million to one chances happen nine times out of ten"
The sock gap
Posted by stitch_groover on Sat, 05/29/2004 - 10:26pm.
All men must also beware the dreaded sock gap... the time between taking off your shoes and your trousers when your partner sees you not as a lover, but just a naked man in socks

...The time between meeting and finally leaving is sometimes called falling in love...
Posted by paul on Sun, 05/30/2004 - 8:52am.
See, usually I take off the shoes and then take off the socks immediately after, just because I like to be barefoot as much as I can be. So no "sock gap" for me.

Is this not normal?...

It's well we cannot hear the screams
we make in other peoples' dreams.
--Edward Gorey
Posted by Matt on Sun, 05/30/2004 - 10:49am.
A discussion of normality is certainly appropriate here. I too dread the "man in socks" moment and so try to avoid it whenever possible. But sometimes I forget and spend a brief moment as The Man In Boxers And Socks. Which makes me think of scenes like the David Hyde Pierce moment in "Down With Love."
On the other hand...
Posted by paul on Sun, 05/30/2004 - 5:57pm.
It has been observed to me that a woman wearing only socks is sexy, where a man wearing only socks is dorky.

I await your explanations, one and all.

It's well we cannot hear the screams
we make in other peoples' dreams.
--Edward Gorey
It depends somewhat
Posted by Mike on Mon, 06/07/2004 - 6:46am.
on how you wear it.

Maybe this woman was really old, and her sense of modesty has been held over from the early 1900s. Hey, remember when women's ankles were supposed to be titillating, and seeing one was supposed to be the height of sexiness? Yeah, me neither. That's what I always think about whenever that ridiculous argument about public breastfeeding comes up and some goofball invariably claims that breasts are just inherently sexual.

Are our cover-your-bits social standards more a result of genes or environment? I say environment, but the first women to go topless in daily society with any regularity are probably gonna have to put up with a helluva lot of idiots. Heh, like they don't now.
Posted by S_Kat on Wed, 06/02/2004 - 5:12pm.
Because anytime you can see her sexy bits is sexy? Or maybe it's the ostrich feather theory taken in an odd direction? My fiance prefers it I don't wear socks to bed, so I'm out of this one.
Posted by daen on Mon, 05/31/2004 - 10:19am.
More research is required before I can give a definitive answer.
Posted by Matt on Sun, 05/30/2004 - 9:17pm.
"She was Lo, plain Lo, standing four feet ten in one sock."

The man may be on to something. I'm not sure what, but something.

Okay, that's a lie. I know exactly what he was on to. But please, keep the pedophile accusations to yourself. That's being rudely superficial.
Posted by Julie on Sat, 05/29/2004 - 10:09pm.
Horrible toenail fungus?
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