By Carolyn P. Hartley and Edward D. Jones III
Published by the American Medical Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2013.
Reviewed by Mohammed I. Ranavaya, M.D., JD, MS, FRCPI, CIME
Members of the medical and legal profession often complain about the “language barrier” that exists between the two professions. It has been suggested that many attorneys do not understand medical issues and health care professionals have difficulty with the complex nature of many laws. In the United States, the health care industry is perhaps the most regulated after the nuclear industry. This is evidenced by thousands of pages of federal and state laws that currently govern health care delivery in the United States. The Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a good example of contemporary legal complexities that face health care professionals.
In HIPAA Plain &...