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Va. Tech gunman's mental health records found
Yahoo News-AP ^ | 22 july 09 | BOB LEWIS and SUE LINDSEY

Posted on 07/22/2009 8:45:58 AM PDT by rellimpank

RICHMOND, Va. – Missing mental health records of Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho have been discovered in the home of the university clinic's former director, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Cho killed 32 people on April 16, 2007, then committed suicide as police closed in. His mental health treatment has been a major issue in the investigation of the shootings.

A memo from Gov. Tim Kaine's chief legal counsel to victims' family members says Cho's records and those of several other Virginia Tech students were found July 18 in the home of Dr. Robert H. Miller.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: cho; crime; guns; mentalhealth; mentalillness; miller; vatech; virginiatech

1 posted on 07/22/2009 8:45:58 AM PDT by rellimpank
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To: rellimpank

HIPPA violation or just being a good bureaucrat?


2 posted on 07/22/2009 8:47:48 AM PDT by pikachu (Being a parent doesn't come with an instruction manual, which is too bad, as you'd love something he)
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To: AppyPappy

FYI. I hope they nail this doctor to the wall for hiding them!


3 posted on 07/22/2009 8:47:50 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Eschew exclamatory abuse.)
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To: rellimpank

I’m still waiting on them to release the medical records of ZERO’s new Surgeon General. You know....cholesterol, blood pressure, body fat %.....


4 posted on 07/22/2009 8:48:11 AM PDT by FlorianG
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To: rellimpank

There they are! Right next to the Rose Law Firm billing records, underneath Obama’s Birth Certificate!


5 posted on 07/22/2009 8:48:32 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: pikachu

To Heck with HIPPA this is CYOA.


6 posted on 07/22/2009 8:54:05 AM PDT by dblshot
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To: rellimpank
Ooops....sounds like lawsuit time!
7 posted on 07/22/2009 8:55:16 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: Constitution Day

FYI. I hope they nail this doctor to the wall for hiding them!

Prolly hiding them because they show the doctor’s neglect in not institutionalizing the creep.


8 posted on 07/22/2009 8:56:43 AM PDT by ArtyFO (I love to smoke cigars when I adjust artillery fire at the moonbat loonery.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
There they are! Right next to the Rose Law Firm billing records, underneath Obama’s Birth Certificate!

Now that's funny!

9 posted on 07/22/2009 8:58:59 AM PDT by youturn (Those who preach tolerance seem to have the least for my views.)
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To: rellimpank

This is what happens when Liberal Bureaucrats run Mental Health Systems.


10 posted on 07/22/2009 8:59:24 AM PDT by gitmogrunt (Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.)
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To: rellimpank

Yikes!


11 posted on 07/22/2009 8:59:48 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Joe 6-pack
There they are! Right next to the Rose Law Firm billing records, underneath Obama’s Birth Certificate!

They were disguised as a box of FBI files...

12 posted on 07/22/2009 9:03:30 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Constitution Day

“I hope they nail this doctor to the wall for hiding them!”

I agree. While all of us are entitled to our day in court, it’s hard for me to imagine any scenario other than CYA. Meanwhile, if there are flaws in the system or mistakes made, this doctor has endangered others by hiding them.-—JM


13 posted on 07/22/2009 9:09:09 AM PDT by Jubal Madison (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: rellimpank

I suppose if this doctor was a professional mobster, in a league with clinton or obama, he would have burned or shredded the records long since.

Still, it’s hard to see this as anything but a deliberate coverup.


14 posted on 07/22/2009 9:24:03 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Jubal Madison

“I hope they nail this doctor to the wall for hiding them!”

I agree. While all of us are entitled to our day in court, it’s hard for me to imagine any scenario other than CYA. Meanwhile, if there are flaws in the system or mistakes made, this doctor has endangered others by hiding them.-—JM”

Please go on to the cited web page and read the story. It appears that the shooter’s records as well as other student records were removed over a year before the shooting. I frequently take home patient’s records for nefarious reasons such as chart completion, dictation, referral letters or for writing a study. After having moved a few years ago I was surprised to find some charts at my home that my staff had been unable to find despite some rather intensive searches.

So yeah, there are a lot of benign reasons other than CYA for that record to be at that doc’s home.


15 posted on 07/22/2009 9:30:10 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: ArtyFO
The story I read a while ago indicated that these records were removed about a year BEFORE the shooting incident.

If I had to guess, I'd say the Virginia Tech medical staff knew they had a full-blown loony-tune on their hands and couldn't figure out how to deal with him.

16 posted on 07/22/2009 9:36:02 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (God is great, beer is good . . . and people are crazy.)
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To: ArtyFO

Oh, absolutely right.


17 posted on 07/22/2009 10:12:33 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Eschew exclamatory abuse.)
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To: Cyman

“I frequently take home patient’s records for nefarious reasons....”

I don’t know whether you work in a private practice or in an institutional setting; it really doesn’t matter. The practice of removing a medical record from a secure site, is a terrible practice that compromises patient privacy. It also compromises your personal protection, from a litigation and regulatory standpoint!

You’d best hope you don’t get ordered to testify or get sued by a patient whose chart you can’t readily put your hands on, much less get audited by a regulatory body! Get your act together, Doc!

Militant


18 posted on 07/22/2009 10:30:46 AM PDT by militant2 (I may not agree with everything you say, but......hell, I don't agree with anything you say!)
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To: Cyman

“there are a lot of benign reasons...”

I did see where he had taken the records home prior to the shootings. I don’t disagree with you - there are good reasons he would have the records in his home. He certainly deserves a fair hearing. I think where you and I disagree - if indeed we do - is here: I have a hard time believing, given the magnitude of this case, that he would not have turned his home upside down and found these records, or not realized that it was at least possible he was in possession of them. I could very well be wrong. If the Dr. is innocent, I hope he is cleared. If he is guilty, he needs to be held accountable.-—JM


19 posted on 07/22/2009 10:41:52 AM PDT by Jubal Madison (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: rellimpank

Is the good doctor from Little Rock, Ark.???


20 posted on 07/22/2009 2:04:38 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: rellimpank

He got the pistols because his shrink failed to perform the legal duties.


21 posted on 07/22/2009 8:11:27 PM PDT by wastedyears (The Tree is thirsty and the hogs are hungry.)
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