Me­mo­rial Her­mann re­views pro­cesses af­ter ar­rest of un­doc­u­mented pa­tient

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Adam Ruben­fire

Me­mo­rial Her­mann health sys­tem said it is re-eval­u­at­ing its pro­cesses af­ter staff at one of its clin­ics called po­lice on an un­doc­u­mented pa­tient who pre­sented false iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Blanca Bor­rego was ar­rested in an exam room at North­east Women’s Healthcare Clinic in King­wood, Texas, part of Hous­ton-based Me­mo­rial Her­mann, af­ter pre­sent­ing a false Texas driver’s li­cense when check­ing in for an ap­point­ment.

Me­mo­rial Her­mann spokes­woman Alex Ro­driguez Loessin said staffers don’t ask pa­tients about their immigration or res­i­dency sta­tus, and the sit­u­a­tion in ques­tion was a “unique event” in the sys­tem’s history that had “noth­ing to do with immigration or res­i­dency sta­tus.”

The pri­vacy rule of the Health In­sur­ance Porta­bil­ity and Ac­count­abil­ity Act al­lows providers to re­port pro­tected health in­for­ma­tion—which would in­clude driver’s li­cense in­for­ma­tion—if it is be­lieved to be ev­i­dence of a crime that oc­curred on the en­tity’s premises.

Bor­rego was re­leased on bond but has an up­com­ing court date to ad­dress the false ID.

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