The Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act

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In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed. According to Judson, Harrison “Law & Ethics for Medical Careers.” The purpose of HIPAA was to, “ protect privacy and other health care rights for patients,” according to Judson, Harrison “ Law & Ethics for Medical Careers.” HIPAA does affect a patient 's right to access his or her medical records, as well as determine who can see their information. According to HHS.gov, “Only you or your personal representative has the right to access your records.” This corresponds very well with the Privacy Rule established in 1974, which was designed to forbid any health information to be used for any other reason than the initial one. However, HIPAA does not allow a…show more content…
With a written complaint, you must mail or fax. Also you have the option to email as well. According to HHS.gov, your complaint "must be filed within 180 days of when you knew that the act or omission complained of occurred." Once your complaint has been received, it will be determined to see if all the information can be used to support a claim and an investigation will begin. HIPAA has covered entities which are people, businesses or agencies that must comply with the HIPAA standards and privacy rules. A covered entity must follow specific steps and procedures to notify patients when there has been a breach of unsecured protected health information. A breach notice liability varies on the amount of people the breach affects. It 's base amount of people is 500. According to HHS.gov," If a breach of unsecured protected health information affects 500 or more individuals, a covered entity must notify the Secretary of the breach without unreasonable delay and in no case later than 60 calendar days from the discovery of the breach." This means the breach must be reported almost immediately following the case. If the breach is lower than 500 people, the covered entity is required to notify the Secretary of the breach within 60 days of the case. Covered entities are also required to complete separate notices per incident. The way to submit your notice is online according to HHS.gov. Once submitting a complaint there will always be a follow-up investigation regarding
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