HIPAA

How to Keep Your Patients’ Health Information Secure with an HER

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It is the responsibility of a Covered Entity (CE) to keep every Protected Health Information (PHI) about a patient secured. If PHI is not well kept, it may get to a third party and if this happens, the CE will be held responsible. It is therefore the responsibility of the CE to take the needed steps to ensuring that patients’ PHI are kept well secured. A health care provider who is a CE under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) must do what needs to be done to protect the integrity, confidentiality and availability of every electronic Protected...

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Right to Confidential Communications

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Communication is very important in health. As much as a patient have to keep in touch with his or her physician or a physician have to report certain results or remind the patient of appointments that must be kept, this communication must be done in most appropriate way and through an agreed channel. Poor communication between patients and Covered Entities (CE) could be dangerous to the patient. In the same vein communicating via channels that exposes the patient’s Protected Health Information (PHI) to the public may likely endanger the patient’s health psychologically, socially, emotionally and physically. It is against this...

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Accounting of Disclosures

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Sometimes a health care provider known as a Covered Entity (CE) by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) may need to share certain information with persons other than the patient or with another Covered Entity for certain reasons that is conformed to be for the best interest of the patient. In such cases certain procedures must be observed before making any of such disclosures. Sometimes there may be needed to make an accounting of disclosure to persons or firms outside the CE’s organization. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provide patients with the right to receive...

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Rights to Restrict Information

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As humans we all have rights to privacy and restriction of information as long as they are not information that can be used to stop imminent dangers to another individual or the public at large. The same way we all have rights to determine who knows what about us, are the same way patients have the rights to determine who knows what about their health. Poor handling of health information may cause more harm than good to the patient. For instance, poor handling of a patient’s physical health information can be used by another individual to inflict some emotional and...

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Amending Patients’ Information Under the HIPAA

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A patient who is being treated in a facility operated and maintained by a Covered Entity (CE) has not just the right to the information collected by the CE about him or her, but also has the right to ask that such information be amended. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) under its Security and Privacy Rules give patients the right to request that your practice or Business Associate (BA) make some amends to their Protected Health Information (PHI). This PHI may already be in a designated record set, but if not, the patient may ask that the...

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