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The HIPAA - Fundamentals of Healthcare Technology

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a law that governs patient privacy and the confidentiality of sensitive medical information. Because HIPAA affects everyone in a medical practice, your boss has asked you to prepare a short document for the staff about HIPAA.
o What is HIPAA?
o What are 2 major rules of HIPAA that deal with privacy?
o How can HIPAA affect the way a company does business?
o What are some ways to protect patient information so that the practice is HIPAA compliant?

While working the front desk at your medical office, a patient came in and started asking you several questions regarding the privacy of his records in accordance to The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
o What rights do I have regarding my medical information?
o How do you correct or amend the patient record?
o Can I request restrictions on use?
o Who owns the medical records?
o I heard someone mention JCAHO on the way out, does that have to do with my medical records? If not what is it?

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* The HIPAA or the Health Insurance Portability Act of 1996 is a multi-step approach that is intended to improve the health care system . The law includes administrative simplification provisions to establish standards and requirements for the electronic transmission of certain health care information such as medical records. It also requires organizations exchanging information for health transactions to follow national implementation guidelines.

* Two major rules of HIPAA that deal with privacy:
Title IV of the act defines rules for protection of patient infomation. All healthcare providers, health organizations, and government health plans that use, store, maintain, or transmit patient health care information are required to comply with the privacy regulations of the HIPAA law.
Employers cannot give medical information such as insurance information without written permission and records must be kept safe where no one but appropriate personnel may review them.

* Since HIPAA has to do with the protection and security of patient privacy it shapes the way companies do business. Employers need to pay close attention to what the HIPAA rules require of them because HIPAA violations can lead to penalties. Due to HIPAA, businesses may need to create privacy policies and procedures for employees to follow, create special HIPAA-proof forms and documents. Password protection security features may be created on employee computers. Employers may also need shredders for disposal of PHI in the building.

* Some ways to protect patient information so that the practice is HIPAA compliant:
Patients and the medical records ...

Solution Summary

This solution contains information about the HIPAA: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and how it used to protect patients. 1033 words with sources linked.