Health Insurance and Accountability Act

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The HIPAA (Health Insurance and Accountability Act) was designed to safeguard the privacy of medical records. It contains specific guidelines for medical personnel as how to handle and maintain the patient’s medical information. (http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/ understanding/consumers/consumer_summary.pdf) Health care providers are required to provide the patient with a notice of privacy document. “The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides protection of health care information, for consumers by the federal government, held by health care facilities.” (http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/ understanding/index.html). The privacy notice includes information on how to gain access to your medical records and how to get copies. In addition,…show more content…
Based on the above information not all information may be under the patient’s control. The privacy policies that health care facilities provide their patients and customers are designed to inform them about that particular facilities privacy practices. With my interview at Walgreens with Will Almond, the Pharmacist, he explained. “We are required to provide a Notice of Privacy Practices to every customer.” I was promptly provided with a notice of privacy practices document (effective date as of April 13, 2006). It states, Walgreens is required by law to provide you with a privacy notice that explains they’re legal duty and privacy practices in regard to protected health information. It also describes how to access your information and how your medical information is used and disclosed. In addition, information on filing a complaint if you think your private information may have been violated. As a cautionary note, certain entities that exist may not require a privacy notice, so it may be prudent to ask if you have any uncertainty as to the privacy of your medical information. Employees in a healthcare facility or related are required to be trained in the proper handling of the patient’s medical information. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights “Providers and health insurers who are required
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