Hipaa Research Paper

752 WordsNov 13, 20104 Pages
HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT Theresa Richardson 223 Clark Ave. Saraland, Al. 36611 Student ID #21340528 Law and Ethics in Medicine, HIT 105 (40903100) HIPAA 1. 1.) HIPAA was put in place to help set standards on protecting a patients personal health information, therefore HIPAA does affect a patient’s access to medical records. A patient can review or obtain a copy of their records by submitting, to the physician (covered entity), a request for such in writing or a medical release form. In which case the covered entity can release a “designated record set” of certain personal…show more content…
A covered entity does not have to obtain a patients authorization for the above listed circumstances. 3.) Under HIPAA, covered entities (healthcare providers, health plans and healthcare clearinghouse) must comply with the privacy rules. A covered entity may develop its own privacy rules that would accommodate its own needs of protected health information (PHI) management but it most comply with the HIPAA guidelines. It is the responsibility of the entity to put in place a privacy official to oversee the policies, procedures and be on hand and available to be contacted in reference to the privacy rule. A patient should be given a privacy notice act at his/her health facility stating how their (PHI) is being used and to whom it will be shared. The covered entity should include in the notice their duty to assure the patients privacy as well as how and whom to contact if there is a complaint or they feel that their rights have been violated. As of 2009 the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) handles complaints that are made on privacy policies, procedure and practices of HIPAA covered entities. HIPAA 3 4.) All of the medical staff should have at least some knowledge of HIPAA
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