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HIPAA rules and regulation

HIPAA is an acronym that stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. HIPAA includes regulations that govern the use and release of a patient's personal health information. More relevant to the news media, HIPAA also limits the kind of information hospitals can disclose regarding patients. Besides privacy standards, HIPAA creates new standards for administrative transactions and the security of individual health information.

Do you think it is okay to break someone's HIPAA rights, if it involves someone's safety? Why or why not?

If so when is it okay or what circumstances is it okay to break someone's HIPAA rights, if it involves someone's safety?

Please use scholarly source to support your answer. Cite your sources using an APA format.

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) had established rules protecting the privacy and security of personal health data. The HIPAA Security Rule set national standards specifically for the security of protected health information ( PHI) that is produced, transcribed, stored, and received electronically. To ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of ePHI data, the HIPAA Security Rule requires organizations and individuals to implement a series of administrative, physical, and technical safeguards when working with ePHI data. If individual failed to comply with the HIPAA requirements, then there will be civil and criminal penalties and disciplinary actions. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS) still has discretion in determining the amount of penalty based on nature and extent of the violation and nature and extend of the harm resulting from the violation.

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) had established rules protecting the privacy and security of personal health data. The HIPAA Security Rule set national standards specifically for the security of protected health information (PHI) that is produced, transcribed, stored, and received electronically.

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