Outline Of A Advanced Healthcare Directive Essay

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Memo To: Elizabeth A. Dennis, Esquire From: Ashley Hightower Date: June 3, 2014 Re: Advanced Healthcare Directive STATEMENT OF FACTS Oakland Hospital has a health system with 3 locations. They considering a plan to implement a new electronic health record system. Which makes patient medical records readily available to all doctors affiliated with Oakland Hospital. Including but not limited to, doctors that are employees of said hospital, independent practice associations and doctors working as independent contracts. This proposed EHR system grants all DOCTORS access to the notes of other doctors (cardiologist, General, Surgeons, etc.) on patients seen within the Oakland Hospital System. QUESTION PRESENTED Does this proposal comply with HIPAA and/or case law. Furthermore what steps should the Oakland Hospital take to mitigate any penalties under HIPAA. DISCUSSION OF AUTHORITY In 1996, legislation passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA. The focus of this law was/is to make it easier for people to keep health insurance, protect the confidentiality, and security of healthcare information. HIPAA is composed of several sections that layout health insurance reform. Title II, named Administrative Simplification, breaks down the set of standards for receiving, transmitting and maintaining healthcare information and also ensuring the privacy and security of individual identifiable information. Under patients request patients by law, have
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