Tuesday, September 24, 2013

TPAPN Board Orders are now Confidential

As of September 1, 2013, TPAPN Board Orders are now confidential.  This is a vast improvement since the statute was changed a few sessions ago requiring the Board to be involved anytime there was a practice issue associated with a substance abuse/addiction issue.  This corrects situations where nurses had sensitive personal information available online for all to see.  Nurses who were referred to TPAPN by the Board and had a mental health  diagnosis or who had an evaluation detailing sensitive personal information had limited choices when they were referred to the Board.  It appears there will be further changes or polishing of the TPAPN process in the near future, so be sure to watch for information and remember it may be in your best interests to consult with an attorney who knows the Board and TPAPN.

To Clarify:  only new TPAPN Board Orders are confidential; the Board is not going back and changing previous Board TPAPN Orders from public to non-public orders.  Since the TPAPN orders are confidential they are not reported to the databank/NURSYS.

1 comment:

Pete said...

Are past board orders referring to TPAPN made confidential? The BON now has the NURSYS system to allows anybody to access private health information related to substance abuse regardless of the the age of the order.