The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) is a national act that was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The Act was meant to establish standards that are to be applied nationally in dealing with the medical records and also other personal health care information by all the stakeholders. The rule calls for proper care in disseminating medical health information and sets minimum requirements that must be adhered to before the documents can be transmitted. It also set the scope of information that can be distributed without prior authorization by the patient. This rule gives the patient power to access medical information and allow them even to make copies as per their needs. HIPAA facilitates health
Healthcare technology has grown and evolved over time. With the conversion to electronic medical records and the creation of social media just to name a few, ensuring patient privacy is of the utmost importance for healthcare facilities in this day and age. In order for an organization to avoid hefty fines, it is imperative that a healthcare administrator maintains compliance with the standards and regulations associated with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This paper will provide a summary
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a set of national standards created for the protection of health information; it is also known as a “Privacy Rule”. This rule was employed in 1996 by the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to address the use and disclosure of an individual’s health information as well as the standards for the individual’s privacy rights to understand and control the manner in which their information is used.
The HIPAA regulations define security as the health care providers are accountable for maintaining the confidentiality of individually identifiable health care information or the Patient Health Information(PHI). Excretion of the HIPAA Security Rule surrounds the following three vital shields for PHI in electronic form
For the duration of reading this article, it explains everything that must be followed and met in the practices of the facilities. These include privacy guidelines, electronic transaction guidelines, and just overall security as a whole. With all of these put in place the patients that are attending the hospital should be joyous to know that their records are for the most part safe, secure, and in the right hands. Meaning that there is no chaos and everything is peaceful until there is a corrupt politician wanting to spread illegal information about their opponents, someone letting their guard down, or worse, someone hacking into the system and causing a catastrophe which is why HIPAA was created in the first place. Using this system can protect the hospital during times when someone has hacked into the system if they have followed all the rules and such to the
Two regulatory requirements, which support health-IT, are the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) and meaningful use. The first of these regulations is HIPAA. HIPAA has two sets of federal regulations that are applied to protect the privacy and security of health information they are the privacy rule and the security rule (Health IT legislation and Regulations, 2015, p. 35). These two regulations provide guidance for providers in how much access they have with patients’ privacy rights. The privacy rule restricts the release of Electronic Protected Health Information (e-PHI) without the patient’s knowledge or consent. The security rule requires covered entities to apply safeguards that protect the confidentiality, integrity,
HIPAA or Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is a set of laws aimed to protect people from losing their health insurance coverage during change or loss of employment, to control health care fraud and abuse, and to maintain patient`s health information and/or status confidential. The origins of HIPAA go as far back as the 1990 when medical records were suggested to become computerized, management of health care records was questioned and portability of health insurance became an issue. HIPAA was introduced as the Kennedy-Kassebaum Bill, passed by Congress and signed by the former president Bill Clinton in August 1996. Even though the law itself was passed, the specifications were finalized subsequently; 1999 The Privacy Rule was completed, in 2000 the Transaction and Code Sets Final Rule and the Security Rule and the National Provider Identifier were finalized, and in 2006 The Enforcement Rule was concluded. These regulations are grouped into Title I - “Health Care Access, Portability, and Renewability” and Title II - “Preventing Health Care Fraud and Abuse”. HIPAA not only mandates health care institutions to comply, but also to educate their employees about the law. HIPAA applies to covered entities such as health insurance plans, health care clearinghouse such as billing companies, doctor offices, pharmacies and of course us, the medical laboratories. Its regulations require entities to have policies and procedures defining privacy requirements,
There are three types of safeguards to help secure health information. An administrative, physical, and technical security helps protect and maintain the HIPAA security rule. The HIPAA privacy law that regulates the use and disclosure of patients’ protected health information. The privacy Rule states that you should notify patients about their privacy rights and how their information can be used or disclosed. You should also have a set of privacy practices that are appropriate for its healthcare
HIPAA is best known for the Privacy Rule but also includes the Security Rule which applies to electronic health care information. “Whereas the Privacy Rule defines the circumstances in which individual health care information may be disclosed, the Security Rule defines the requirements for making such disclosures in electronic form” (Karasz, Eiden, & Bogan, 2013). All electronic forms of communication risk things such as hackers, accidently sending messages or emails to the wrong recipient, loss of data, and more.
HIPPA stands for Health insurance portability and Accountability Act protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families.If they change there jobs or lose their jobs they will get ensure insurance coverage.
Exploits and backdoors are too numerous and ever-changing to hope to explicitly include in HIPAA guidelines, and for that reason developers need to make the extra effort to surpass them to prevent identity theft and other potential misuses of patient data for their actions as a professional to be considered
Ten years ago after much challenges and questionable skepticism, the HIPAA policy became effective and has been shaping healthcare one regulatory policy at a time. The evolution of the HIPAA privacy act helped establish the HIPAA Security Rule which was published in 2003 and became effective in 2005, and then eventually led to the HIPAA Enforcement Rules and the Breach Notification Rule. With it joint fortification of the 2009 HITECH Act and HIPAA’s modifications to regulations, it was released in January 2013 to the industry (American Health Information Management Association, 2013).
The HIPAA Security Standards for the Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information (the security rule) “establishes national standards to protect individuals’ electronic personal health information that is created, received, used, or maintained by a covered entity” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d.). The security rule requires that specific standards be established and implemented into three categories; compliance in one category may overlap into another:
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According to The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (2015) The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule establishes a national set of minimum security standards for protecting all ePHI that a Covered Entity (CE) and Business Associates (BA) create, receive, maintain or transmit. The Security Rule contains the administrative, physical, and technical safeguards that CEs and BAs must put in place to secure ePHI. (p. 26)