RE: HIPAA privacy and telephone

2003-01-17 Thread Ribelin, Donald
So far, the best scenario I have seen is the phone call that requests the
patient to call back to the office.  Part of the call back involves a pin or
secret code that the patient was provided previously.

Donald L. Ribelin
HIPAA Project Manager
Firsthealth of the Carolinas
(910) 215-2668
[EMAIL PROTECTED]

 -Original Message-
From:   Doug Webb [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] 
Sent:   Friday, January 17, 2003 9:51 AM
To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List
Subject:Re: HIPAA privacy and telephone

An extension to this -- how do you handle answering machines?

My gut feeling is that either a no-no (the machine more questionable than a
family member) -- the information could only be released to the patient or
his/her representative designated in a written authorizaton.  Perhaps
another signature on your main consent/authorization form to allow these
types of communications is what's needed???

The opinions expressed here are my own and not necessarily the opinion of
LCMH.

Douglas M. Webb
Computer System Engineer
Little Company of Mary Hospital  Health Care Centers
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Subject: HIPAA privacy and telephone


 I would like the lists opinion on this topic.
 
 Patient comes to the office to have their potassium checked because they
are on a diuretic.  Later, the physician's nurse calls the patient at home
with results but the patient is not home.  Spouse answers the phone.  Can
you tell the spouse that the potassium was fine and that he/she should tell
the spouse to continue the same dose of diuretic and potassium supplement?
If you say no, this type of disclosure is not allowed, would it matter
that we put a statment in our Notice of Privacy Practices that stated  (in
the section on Payment, treatment and  health care operations) On occasion,
we call test results to your home and leave the results with a family member
if you are not present.  Now, obviously, we would not do this with a HIV
result but it seems like such a waste of everyone's time to play phone tag
to accommodate the one patient in a million that is actually upset because
you told the spouse what the potassium result was.  Thank you.
 
 Rich Fairley, 
 Dubuque, IA


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Re: HIPAA privacy and telephone

2003-01-17 Thread Leah Hole-Curry
The OCR guidance at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/privacy.html under
incidental disclosures indicates that leaving information with family
members or on an answering machine or mailing information is allowed,
but also cautions that professional judgment should be used to assure
that the information is limited to what is necessary and assure that its
in the interests of the patient.  

Regards, lhc

Leah Hole-Curry, JD
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 Doug Webb [EMAIL PROTECTED] 01/17/03 06:38 AM 
An extension to this -- how do you handle answering machines?

My gut feeling is that either a no-no (the machine more questionable
than a family member) -- the information could only be released to the
patient or his/her representative designated in a written authorizaton. 
Perhaps another signature on your main consent/authorization form to
allow these types of communications is what's needed???

The opinions expressed here are my own and not necessarily the opinion
of LCMH.

Douglas M. Webb
Computer System Engineer
Little Company of Mary Hospital  Health Care Centers
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Subject: HIPAA privacy and telephone


 I would like the lists opinion on this topic.
 
 Patient comes to the office to have their potassium checked because
they are on a diuretic.  Later, the physician's nurse calls the patient
at home with results but the patient is not home.  Spouse answers the
phone.  Can you tell the spouse that the potassium was fine and that
he/she should tell the spouse to continue the same dose of diuretic and
potassium supplement?  If you say no, this type of disclosure is not
allowed, would it matter that we put a statment in our Notice of
Privacy Practices that stated  (in the section on Payment, treatment and
 health care operations) On occasion, we call test results to your home
and leave the results with a family member if you are not present. 
Now, obviously, we would not do this with a HIV result but it seems like
such a waste of everyone's time to play phone tag to accommodate the one
patient in a million that is actually upset because you told the spouse
what the potassium result was.  Thank you.
 
 Rich Fairley, 
 Dubuque, IA


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RE: HIPAA privacy and telephone

2003-01-17 Thread Benjamin W. Tartaglia
With all due respect, and I mean it sincerely.

Good idea for privacy Based on my many years of management
engineering and the application of voice, data and image telecommunications
systems in healthcare as an employee and later as a consultant I suggest it
is unworkable. (really long and ill structured sentence).

The major premise is When the patient calls back, someone who can accept
the call and pin number is available.  The major premise, although well
intentioned, is false.

When I try to get to my Doctor's office, I get a call management system 99%
of the time.  If I'm really lucky, I may get an answering service.  People
who work for many answering services are part timers, sometimes from
temporary employment companies, working for minimum wage, with little or no
healthcare background.  Try and get them HIPAA certified.
(I have also done consulting on Doctors' answering services.)

I believe such a system would simply generate round after round of call
backs which are unsuccessful.  If anyone thinks this would actually work,
should get another opinion and only pay for that opinion when the system is
proven effective.

I really would like to talk to the people who have used this successfully so
that I might add to my professional knowledge and moderate my opinion on he
matter or... is this simply a scenario from a brainstorming session?

Additional comments are welcomed and desired.  I find I learn more from
people who disagree.

Ben Tartaglia
Benjamin W. Tartaglia, MBA, BSIM, CSP
Director, Client Services
BWT Associates, HealthCare Consultants

HIPAA, JCAHO, Telemedicine, Contingency Planning, Telecommunications,
Telephone Fraud  Abuse, Training Programs, Policy  Procedures, Management
Audits.

PO# 4515, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Phone: 508-845-6000
EMail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

-Original Message-
From: Ribelin, Donald [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2003 10:09 AM
To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List
Subject: RE: HIPAA privacy and telephone


So far, the best scenario I have seen is the phone call that requests the
patient to call back to the office.  Part of the call back involves a pin or
secret code that the patient was provided previously.

Donald L. Ribelin
HIPAA Project Manager
Firsthealth of the Carolinas
(910) 215-2668
[EMAIL PROTECTED]

 -Original Message-
From:   Doug Webb [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent:   Friday, January 17, 2003 9:51 AM
To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List
Subject:Re: HIPAA privacy and telephone

An extension to this -- how do you handle answering machines?

My gut feeling is that either a no-no (the machine more questionable than a
family member) -- the information could only be released to the patient or
his/her representative designated in a written authorizaton.  Perhaps
another signature on your main consent/authorization form to allow these
types of communications is what's needed???

The opinions expressed here are my own and not necessarily the opinion of
LCMH.

Douglas M. Webb
Computer System Engineer
Little Company of Mary Hospital  Health Care Centers
[EMAIL PROTECTED]

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- Original Message -
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2003 04:04 PM
Subject: HIPAA privacy and telephone


 I would like the lists opinion on this topic.

 Patient comes to the office to have their potassium checked because they
are on a diuretic.  Later, the physician's nurse calls the patient at home
with results but the patient is not home.  Spouse answers the phone.  Can
you tell the spouse that the potassium was fine and that he/she should tell
the spouse to continue the same dose of diuretic and potassium supplement?
If you say no, this type of disclosure is not allowed, would it matter
that we put a statment in our Notice of Privacy Practices that stated  (in
the section on Payment, treatment and  health care operations) On occasion,
we call test results to your home and leave the results with a family member
if you are not present.  Now, obviously, we would not do this with a HIV
result but it seems like such a waste of everyone's time to play phone tag
to accommodate the one patient in a million that is actually upset because
you told the spouse what the potassium result was.  Thank you.

 Rich Fairley,
 Dubuque, IA


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RE: HIPAA privacy and telephone

2003-01-17 Thread Ribelin, Donald
A but who said anything about calling back and getting a human?  Call
back, get the robot, type in the secret code (pin), get the recording with
the nurse and/or physician's message about my lab work.  

Donald 

 -Original Message-
From:   Benjamin W. Tartaglia [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] 
Sent:   Friday, January 17, 2003 12:17 PM
To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List
Subject:RE: HIPAA privacy and telephone

With all due respect, and I mean it sincerely.

Good idea for privacy Based on my many years of management
engineering and the application of voice, data and image telecommunications
systems in healthcare as an employee and later as a consultant I suggest it
is unworkable. (really long and ill structured sentence).

The major premise is When the patient calls back, someone who can accept
the call and pin number is available.  The major premise, although well
intentioned, is false.

When I try to get to my Doctor's office, I get a call management system 99%
of the time.  If I'm really lucky, I may get an answering service.  People
who work for many answering services are part timers, sometimes from
temporary employment companies, working for minimum wage, with little or no
healthcare background.  Try and get them HIPAA certified.
(I have also done consulting on Doctors' answering services.)

I believe such a system would simply generate round after round of call
backs which are unsuccessful.  If anyone thinks this would actually work,
should get another opinion and only pay for that opinion when the system is
proven effective.

I really would like to talk to the people who have used this successfully so
that I might add to my professional knowledge and moderate my opinion on he
matter or... is this simply a scenario from a brainstorming session?

Additional comments are welcomed and desired.  I find I learn more from
people who disagree.

Ben Tartaglia
Benjamin W. Tartaglia, MBA, BSIM, CSP
Director, Client Services
BWT Associates, HealthCare Consultants

HIPAA, JCAHO, Telemedicine, Contingency Planning, Telecommunications,
Telephone Fraud  Abuse, Training Programs, Policy  Procedures, Management
Audits.

PO# 4515, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Phone: 508-845-6000
EMail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

-Original Message-
From: Ribelin, Donald [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2003 10:09 AM
To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List
Subject: RE: HIPAA privacy and telephone


So far, the best scenario I have seen is the phone call that requests the
patient to call back to the office.  Part of the call back involves a pin or
secret code that the patient was provided previously.

Donald L. Ribelin
HIPAA Project Manager
Firsthealth of the Carolinas
(910) 215-2668
[EMAIL PROTECTED]

 -Original Message-
From:   Doug Webb [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent:   Friday, January 17, 2003 9:51 AM
To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List
Subject:Re: HIPAA privacy and telephone

An extension to this -- how do you handle answering machines?

My gut feeling is that either a no-no (the machine more questionable than a
family member) -- the information could only be released to the patient or
his/her representative designated in a written authorizaton.  Perhaps
another signature on your main consent/authorization form to allow these
types of communications is what's needed???

The opinions expressed here are my own and not necessarily the opinion of
LCMH.

Douglas M. Webb
Computer System Engineer
Little Company of Mary Hospital  Health Care Centers
[EMAIL PROTECTED]

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- Original Message -
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2003 04:04 PM
Subject: HIPAA privacy and telephone


 I would like the lists opinion on this topic.

 Patient comes to the office to have their potassium checked because they
are on a diuretic.  Later, the physician's nurse calls the patient at home
with results but the patient is not home.  Spouse answers the phone.  Can
you tell the spouse that the potassium was fine and that he/she should tell
the spouse to continue the same dose of diuretic and potassium supplement?
If you say no, this type of disclosure is not allowed, would it matter
that we put a statment in our Notice of Privacy Practices that stated  (in
the section on Payment, treatment and  health care operations) On occasion,
we call test results to your home and leave the results with a family member
if you are not present.  Now

RE: HIPAA privacy and telephone

2003-01-17 Thread Lawson, Pam
This is exactly what my physician does.  When I have lab work at his
office, I am given a slip of paper that has dial-in instructions, the
pin number and my code number and when I can expect for the results to
be available.  I dial-in and listen to my physician's pre-recorded
message to me regarding the results of my lab work and any comments
about it.  Only if the results are really bad does the doctor or
nurse personally call and discuss the results (and this is prior to
the results being available on the dial-in system).  I like the system
since there is no phone tag, I can listen to the results when
convenient for me, don't have to worry about family members accidently
erasing the message and I can listen to it again (for up to so many
days).  The only down side is when the doctor does call you know
immediately that it is not good news.

-Original Message-
From: Ribelin, Donald [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] 
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2003 11:47 AM
To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List
Subject: RE: HIPAA privacy and telephone


A but who said anything about calling back and getting a human?
Call back, get the robot, type in the secret code (pin), get the
recording with the nurse and/or physician's message about my lab work.


Donald 

 -Original Message-
From:   Benjamin W. Tartaglia [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] 
Sent:   Friday, January 17, 2003 12:17 PM
To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List
Subject:RE: HIPAA privacy and telephone

With all due respect, and I mean it sincerely.

Good idea for privacy Based on my many years of management
engineering and the application of voice, data and image
telecommunications systems in healthcare as an employee and later as a
consultant I suggest it is unworkable. (really long and ill structured
sentence).

The major premise is When the patient calls back, someone who can
accept the call and pin number is available.  The major premise,
although well intentioned, is false.

When I try to get to my Doctor's office, I get a call management
system 99% of the time.  If I'm really lucky, I may get an answering
service.  People who work for many answering services are part timers,
sometimes from temporary employment companies, working for minimum
wage, with little or no healthcare background.  Try and get them HIPAA
certified. (I have also done consulting on Doctors' answering
services.)

I believe such a system would simply generate round after round of
call backs which are unsuccessful.  If anyone thinks this would
actually work, should get another opinion and only pay for that
opinion when the system is proven effective.

I really would like to talk to the people who have used this
successfully so that I might add to my professional knowledge and
moderate my opinion on he matter or... is this simply a scenario
from a brainstorming session?

Additional comments are welcomed and desired.  I find I learn more
from people who disagree.

Ben Tartaglia
Benjamin W. Tartaglia, MBA, BSIM, CSP
Director, Client Services
BWT Associates, HealthCare Consultants

HIPAA, JCAHO, Telemedicine, Contingency Planning, Telecommunications,
Telephone Fraud  Abuse, Training Programs, Policy  Procedures,
Management Audits.

PO# 4515, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Phone: 508-845-6000
EMail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

-Original Message-
From: Ribelin, Donald [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2003 10:09 AM
To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List
Subject: RE: HIPAA privacy and telephone


So far, the best scenario I have seen is the phone call that requests
the patient to call back to the office.  Part of the call back
involves a pin or secret code that the patient was provided
previously.

Donald L. Ribelin
HIPAA Project Manager
Firsthealth of the Carolinas
(910) 215-2668
[EMAIL PROTECTED]

 -Original Message-
From:   Doug Webb [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent:   Friday, January 17, 2003 9:51 AM
To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List
Subject:Re: HIPAA privacy and telephone

An extension to this -- how do you handle answering machines?

My gut feeling is that either a no-no (the machine more questionable
than a family member) -- the information could only be released to the
patient or his/her representative designated in a written
authorizaton.  Perhaps another signature on your main
consent/authorization form to allow these types of communications is
what's needed???

The opinions expressed here are my own and not necessarily the opinion
of LCMH.

Douglas M. Webb
Computer System Engineer
Little Company of Mary Hospital  Health Care Centers [EMAIL PROTECTED]

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RE: HIPAA privacy and telephone

2003-01-17 Thread Bruce Bradigan
Can anyone point me towards vendors of systems like this (off list, please)

Thank you,
Bruce Bradigan
Healthcare Consultant

 -Original Message-
 From: Lawson, Pam [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] 
 Sent: Friday, January 17, 2003 1:03 PM
 To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List
 Subject: RE: HIPAA privacy and telephone
 
 
 This is exactly what my physician does.  When I have lab work 
 at his office, I am given a slip of paper that has dial-in 
 instructions, the pin number and my code number and when I 
 can expect for the results to be available.  I dial-in and 
 listen to my physician's pre-recorded message to me regarding 
 the results of my lab work and any comments about it.  Only 
 if the results are really bad does the doctor or nurse 
 personally call and discuss the results (and this is prior to 
 the results being available on the dial-in system).  I like 
 the system since there is no phone tag, I can listen to the 
 results when convenient for me, don't have to worry about 
 family members accidently erasing the message and I can 
 listen to it again (for up to so many days).  The only down 
 side is when the doctor does call you know immediately that 
 it is not good news.

(prior messages snipped)



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RE: HIPAA privacy and telephone

2003-01-17 Thread Beth . Kranda
Title: RE: HIPAA privacy and telephone



Be 
careful -
If you 
say that an authorization is required, a y/n question will not fill the void 
even if you track it.
If you 
say that an authorization is required, it must be a HIPAA valid authorization 
and there are a list of about 10 required components to be a valid 
auth.

I 
happen to agree that an auth would be required with one exception - an 
authorizedpersonal representative could be given the patient's 
info.
There 
is also the paragraph about exceptions in the treatment relationship when the 
family member is involved in the carebut this may be an area that is too 
gray for this type of situation.
BK

  -Original Message-From: Clay, Roy III (NO) 
  [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]Sent: Friday, January 17, 2003 4:09 
  PMTo: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup ListSubject: RE: HIPAA 
  privacy and telephone
  My feeling is that unless you have authorization from the 
  patient, anything other than giving the results directly to the patient is not 
  allowed. You wish you can have an opt-in question on the order of "Do we have 
  your permission to leave medical information with your spouse?(Y/N) These 
  responses would have to be tracked and adhered to. 
  -Original Message- From: Doug 
  Webb [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] 
  Sent: Friday, January 17, 2003 8:51 AM To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List Subject: 
  Re: HIPAA privacy and telephone 
  An extension to this -- how do you handle answering 
  machines? 
  My gut feeling is that either a no-no (the machine more 
  questionable than a family member) -- the information could only be released 
  to the patient or his/her representative designated in a written 
  authorizaton. Perhaps another signature on your main 
  consent/authorization form to allow these types of communications is what's 
  needed???
  The opinions expressed here are my own and not necessarily the 
  opinion of LCMH. 
  Douglas M. Webb Computer System 
  Engineer Little Company of Mary Hospital  Health 
  Care Centers [EMAIL PROTECTED] 
  "This electronic message may contain information that is 
  confidential and/or legally privileged. It is intended only for the use of the 
  individual(s) and entity(s) named as recipients in the message. If you 
  are not an intended recipient of the message, please notify the sender 
  immediately, delete the material from any computer, do not deliver, 
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  action in reliance on the information it contains. Thank 
  you."
  - Original Message - From: 
  [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: "WEDI SNIP Privacy 
  Workgroup List" [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2003 04:04 PM Subject: HIPAA privacy and telephone 
   I would like the lists opinion on this topic. 
Patient comes to the office 
  to have their potassium checked because they are on a diuretic. Later, 
  the physician's nurse calls the patient at home with results but the patient 
  is not home. Spouse answers the phone. Can you tell the spouse 
  that the potassium was fine and that he/she should tell the spouse to continue 
  the same dose of diuretic and potassium supplement? If you say "no, this 
  type of disclosure is not allowed", would it matter that we put a statment in 
  our Notice of Privacy Practices that stated (in the section on Payment, 
  treatment and health care operations) "On occasion, we call test results 
  to your home and leave the results with a family member if you are not 
  present". Now, obviously, we would not do this with a HIV result but it 
  seems like such a waste of everyone's time to play phone tag to accommodate 
  the one patient in a million that is actually upset because you told the 
  spouse what the potassium result was. Thank you.
Rich Fairley, 
   Dubuque, IA 
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RE: HIPAA privacy and telephone

2003-01-17 Thread Gerry Friberg
Title: RE: HIPAA privacy and telephone



164.510 allows, but does not require covered entities 
to disclose or use protected health information to:
Family 
members, close friends, or others assisting in an individuals 
care.

Rule 
requires that the individual be notified in advance and given the opportunity to 
agree or prohibit or restrict the use or disclosure. This can be oral 
agreement.

So 
this is a matter of #1 Notification and #2 during the office visit obtaining 
permission to inform the spouse or other family members who are involved in the 
medical care of the individual. 

Gerry Friberg Client Service Manager Professional 
Business Services 7700 A Street 
Lincoln, NE 68510 402-489-7131 www.pbssite.com 


  -Original Message-From: Clay, Roy III (NO) 
  [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]Sent: Friday, January 17, 2003 3:09 
  PMTo: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup ListSubject: RE: HIPAA 
  privacy and telephone
  My feeling is that unless you have authorization from the 
  patient, anything other than giving the results directly to the patient is not 
  allowed. You wish you can have an opt-in question on the order of "Do we have 
  your permission to leave medical information with your spouse?(Y/N) These 
  responses would have to be tracked and adhered to. 
  -Original Message- From: Doug 
  Webb [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] 
  Sent: Friday, January 17, 2003 8:51 AM To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List Subject: 
  Re: HIPAA privacy and telephone 
  An extension to this -- how do you handle answering 
  machines? 
  My gut feeling is that either a no-no (the machine more 
  questionable than a family member) -- the information could only be released 
  to the patient or his/her representative designated in a written 
  authorizaton. Perhaps another signature on your main 
  consent/authorization form to allow these types of communications is what's 
  needed???
  The opinions expressed here are my own and not necessarily the 
  opinion of LCMH. 
  Douglas M. Webb Computer System 
  Engineer Little Company of Mary Hospital  Health 
  Care Centers [EMAIL PROTECTED] 
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  - Original Message - From: 
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  Workgroup List" [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2003 04:04 PM Subject: HIPAA privacy and telephone 
   I would like the lists opinion on this topic. 
Patient comes to the office 
  to have their potassium checked because they are on a diuretic. Later, 
  the physician's nurse calls the patient at home with results but the patient 
  is not home. Spouse answers the phone. Can you tell the spouse 
  that the potassium was fine and that he/she should tell the spouse to continue 
  the same dose of diuretic and potassium supplement? If you say "no, this 
  type of disclosure is not allowed", would it matter that we put a statment in 
  our Notice of Privacy Practices that stated (in the section on Payment, 
  treatment and health care operations) "On occasion, we call test results 
  to your home and leave the results with a family member if you are not 
  present". Now, obviously, we would not do this with a HIV result but it 
  seems like such a waste of everyone's time to play phone tag to accommodate 
  the one patient in a million that is actually upset because you told the 
  spouse what the potassium result was. Thank you.
Rich Fairley, 
   Dubuque, IA 
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