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 Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rules cannot be exhausted in one article. The standards set by this Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule is aimed at addressing the way Protected Health Information (PHI) is used and disclosed. It also addresses the standards for a patient’s privacy rights to not just know but have a good understanding of and control over how his or her health information is being used and disclosed or shared with others. The rights also include rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records as well as to request corrections.

It is easy to abuse peoples’ rights when they are in need of help such as medical attention. Most times patients do not really know that the way information regarding their health is being shared and used is an infringement on their rights. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule is there to help patients deal with their own health information and take major part in whatever is done with their health information. This is why it becomes important that you have a good understanding of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.

 

If there is a report against any health care provider that he or she violates the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, then such individual or hospital may suffer some civil and criminal penalties.

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