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Several Walter Reed employees were asked to sign NDAs during Trump’s November visit



The request caused consternation among some hospital staff, and more than one of the staff asked to sign the NDA turned it down, the person said.

It was not clear how many had refused and how many had signed the documents. Trump has previously used NDAs to prevent personal information from being corrupted.

In a statement, the White House said anyone dealing with Trump was already bound to confidentiality by existing rules, but did not deny that NDAs had been requested.

“Any doctor serving the president is bound by the patient and doctor confidentiality guaranteed under HIPAA, and I will not comment on internal procedures,” said assistant secretary Judd Deere.

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Trump’s visit to Walter Reed on November 16, 2019 raised questions about his health. It wasn’t on his public schedule and reporters were quickly called to go with him there. Instead of taking his Marine One helicopter, as he usually does when visiting Walter Reed, Trump drove in a motorcade.

The White House said the visit was intended to give a head start on his annual physical strain, although it never revealed what procedures or tests he went through that couldn’t be done at the White House, which contains some medical facilities. All the White House said was that Trump had received a “quick test and labs”.

The president stayed in the hospital for more than two hours. After a weekend of speculation about the trip, his doctor, Dr. Sean Conley, in a memo that Trump “had no chest pain, nor was he screened or treated for any urgent or acute problem”.

He added that the president “has not done any specific cardiac or neurological exams”.

Trump returned to Walter Reed for hospitalization last weekend after testing positive for coronavirus. He was treated by a team of doctors from the hospital along with doctors from the Medical Department of the White House and Johns Hopkins University.

It was not known if this team was also asked to sign NDAs related to Trump’s health.

Conley was interviewed at press conferences about aspects of the President’s recovery and repeatedly declined to respond, citing patient confidentiality.

On Monday, Conley cited “HIPAA rules and regulations” as the reason he was unable to provide details on the president’s lung imaging, leading to complaints that he was evading difficult questions.

Conley was referring to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which protects patients from having their medical records disclosed without their consent. Exceptions are when the information is required for treatment, payment or operation of the doctor’s office.

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