Hipaa

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Administrative Ethics- HIPAA

HCS/335- Health Care Ethics and Social Responsibility
Ruth Bundy
September 26, 2011

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA was introduced to the House of Representative in 1996. HIPAA was a huge piece of legislation that was intended to fix many aspects of health care and health insurance, and includes sections that ensure portability of health insurance, simplify the administration of health insurance coverage, and standardize electronic transactions between health care providers and insurance companies. This is also the law that sets up Medical Savings Accounts and requires insurers to cover patients with pre-existing conditions. The section of HIPAA that concerns
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According to the HIPAA laws you could not find your loved one. Without going to each facility just to see if your family member is even there. This is the worst case scenario. HIPAA has been placed to protect the identities of patient’s and to make sure that only the right people knew our personal and medical information. HIPAA affects every person and every culture. Anytime a person goes to a medical facility he or she are asked to sign papers with personal information giving that facility permission to allow anyone access to their location and other personal and valuable info. Speaking of a patient as a staff member about someone using their name without permission is illegal and could cost him or her jobs, possible jail time and huge fines. Medical facilities spend millions of dollars in education on new employees to teach them that HIPAA is a federal law and the medical facility is responsible for mandating the rules within the HIPAA regulations. It is important to note these rules and regulations that HIPAA has set up are for the protection of the patient and not designed to make things worse. Working for a hospital it is easy to see that patients do not quite understand the importance of HIPAA and are the first ones to dies credit it. They do not understand that the rule HIPAA has placed is not to make their visit an unpleasant one and that it has been placed there for their protection. Suppose you have been diagnosed with a life threading disease and

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