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Releasing Protected Health Information Rebecca Bratcher HCR/210 07/18/12 The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability act of 1996 or HIPAA, was put in place as an attempt to reform health care during the Clinton administration by making it possible for workers, of any profession, to change jobs regardless if the worker, or any member of their family, have a pre-existing medical condition, decreasing paperwork which is associated with the processing of health claims, and by reducing health care abuse and fraud, and by assuring the privacy and security of health information. HIPAA’s standards for privacy of individually identifiable health information or privacy rule includes restrictions which protect the…show more content…
PHI information can be identified by a patients name, telephone number, address, and Medicaid ID number, date of birth, name of employer or social security number. (Green & Bowie, 2005). However, there are many situations in which agencies or covered entities have the right or legal obligation to access or obtain PHI. Some examples of instances where a government agency may disclose this private health information are (not limited to): * for public health purposes such as investigations, surveillance, and interventions, PHI may be disclosed to public health authorities and their authorized agents * PHI may be disclosed to report abuse, neglect, or domestic violence. * Covered entities may, under specified conditions pursuant to a court order, subpoena, or other legal order discloses PHI to law enforcement. Disclosure information to the government typically do not require an individual authorization (Highmark 2007) Medicaid, Medicare, veteran’s activities, national security and intelligence activities, presidential protective services do not require authorization, they must all receive protected information without the consent of the person. Government agencies including but not limited to the Bureau of disability determination and the department of Social Services have to receive the individual’s authorization prior to receiving his and her PHI (Green ad Bowie 2005) Attorneys almost always have to

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