Health Informatics

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Health informatics professionals are required to possess an effective working knowledge of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and Security Rule. At some point in your career, you may be asked to participate in policy development and to apply specifications included in new HIPAA Law to existing policies. Health informatics professionals need to be aware of new laws and regulations, how they impact the healthcare organization, and how best to educate staff on any workplace changes.
This task will provide you with two documents. First, read the attached “Health Record Policies,” which includes policy draft excerpts. Next, read the attached “Sections of Montana Code,” which includes definitions from
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1. Develop a release of information policy statement (suggested length of 1–2 sentences) using either Montana Code 50-16-541 or Montana Code 50-16-542 for a policy book.
E. If you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.

Health Record Policies

You work in a health information management department for an outpatient clinic. Your manager is revising the policy and procedural manuals for the department and is particularly interested in confirming that policies are in compliance with state law and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Law. Your manager asked you to review several policies and to review state code as they apply to HIPAA Law.

Your manager left the following two policies on your desk for review:

Release of Information: Shadow Chart Policy

“A shadow chart is a duplicate health record kept for the convenience of the medical provider. In the event that an authorized individual requests health information pertaining to a specific episode of care, health information management staff will review any shadow charts kept by medical providers for that patient to determine if any such shadow charts contain information related to the episode of care. If the shadow chart contains information related to the episode of care and is not found in the electronic record, the information from the shadow chart will also be copied, in addition to requested information found in the
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