Legal System Essay

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The Legal System
Imagine you are the director of health information services for a medium-sized health care facility. Like many of your peers, you have contracted with an outside copying service to handle all requests for release of patient health information at your facility. You have learned that a lobbying organization for trial attorneys in your state is promoting legislation to place a cap on photocopying costs, which is significantly below the actual costs incurred as part of the contract. (Case Study, p. 20)
Review this case study. Define and describe each branch of government and discuss the roles each branch will play in considering this legislation. How would you and your professional organization act to influence this
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One of the simplest and most overlooked ways to handle subpoenas is to seek the client's permission to release the requested information to the entity cited in the subpoenas. In cases where a client wants or is willing to authorize to release the information, the client simply fills out and signs the Authorization to Release Information. If a subpoena arrives from a client's attorney without a signed client's release form, check with your client (not with the attorney) before releasing the documents. Before releasing the records, obtain a written authorization. A subpoena must identify the person to whom it is directed by name or by description or office or position (person subpoenaed). If you wish to subpoena an organisation, the subpoena should be directed to a person authorised to act on behalf of the organisation. A subpoena may be directed to two or more persons if the subpoena is to give evidence only or if the subpoena requires the production of the same documents from each person subpoenaed. A subpoena for production must identify the specific document or thing to be produced. These documents or things should be properly described so the person subpoenaed knows what to produce. These documents or things should

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