HIPAA

Patient Access to Information

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Everyone has the right to information and that includes information about oneself. Patients are not exempted from this right. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and its security and privacy rules take the right of a patient into consideration to ensure that patients are not just given proper information on their own health, but also given the right to determine what happens to their health information. The rules also seek to ensure that patients’ Protected Health Information (PHI) are not kept away from the patients or used without the patients’ permission. To this end the Health Insurance Portability...

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Patients’ Rights and Your Responsibilities

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If there are rights then there are responsibilities. A patient under your care as a health care provider automatically becomes your responsibility. It will become your responsibility especially for the time the patient is in your facility or under your care to ensure that you protect that patient’s rights in accordance with the laws of the state and national laws. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule set standards which addresses the use and sharing of patient’s Protected Health Information (PHI) by health care providers that are subject to the Privacy Rule. These health care providers that...

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Information Security: Federal and State Privacy Laws

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When it comes to the use and sharing of information, one cannot be too careful. Information that might not be dangerous or threatening at a particular time might turn out to be the catalyst in a future disaster. This is why everyone has the right to privacy and this includes health information. There are several information security rules some are specific to the use of information online, some employment information, some personal information and some health information. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is one of such that is focused on health and it deals with the use...

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The HIPAA and Patient Information Pertaining to Behavioral Health or Substance Abuse

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There different aspects of health and even if a person’s health problem is caused by the person himself, it gives no one any right to use that person’s health information without the person’s permission. What is dangerous to a person’s psychological health is also dangerous to the person’s behavioral health. To this end, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) tries to protect individual’s behavioral health by ensuring that such information also come under the HIPAA’s Protected Health Information (PHI). If a health care provider collects substance abuse information about a patient, it will be treated as a Protected...

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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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