HIPAA

What is De-Identified PHI?

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Not every data is considered a Protected Health Information (PHI). The HIPAA provides what is known as De-identified Health Information (DHI).  This De-identified Health Information (DHI) is not used to identify and individual and it also does not provide any reasonable grounds for identifying an individual. Because of this, there is provision for the restriction of the use of De-identified Health Information (DHI) and neither does it make any provision for its disclosure as well. However, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) stipulates explicitly manners an information can be de-identified, and if the method stated is followed and...

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Specific purposes that require an individual’s written authorization

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) make provision for certain information that are not considered as Protected Health Information (PHI) to be used and disclosed by health care providers without the patient’s authorization. It also makes provision for some Protected Health Information (PHI) to be used and disclosed without the patient’s formal permission or permission at all depending on the circumstances at hand. However, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule stipulates some specific purposes that require a patient’s written authorization. These purposes are specific because of the sensitive nature of the information concerned.  ...

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What You Need to Know About HIPAA and Information Sharing

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provide standards that must be observed in the use and sharing of patients’ information. Because of the danger that the abuse of patients information may pose to the patients, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) ensures that every patient receiving medical attention by a Covered Entity (CE) or a Business Associate (BA) is well protected. A Covered Entity (CE) or Business Associate (BA) may sometimes disclose or share with the public or another individual any information about a patient if the information disclosed or shared is needed to prevent imminent...

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When Are Patient Authorizations Required for Disclosure?

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Information Sharing Needed for Treatment   As a health care provider you may sometimes refer a patient to another health care provider for treatment. In this case the new health care provider would need your current information on the patient to guide him or her in his or her treatment processes. When information is needed to be shared in a case like this, you may need to disclose to the patient but do not necessarily need the patient’s permission to do so. When Protected Health Information (PHI) is shared in this manner without the patient’s permission, it is not considered...

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Security Basics (Part Twenty) The HIPAA Privacy Rule

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is one of the best things that have happened to information as it concerns health. No doubt there are other laws that look out of the wellbeing of patients and how their health information are handled by health care providers. The Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides national standards that serve as professional practices for the protection of certain health information of patients. It gives them protection against mal handling of their health information despite being their care giver or health service provider.   The Health...

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