Name: Schamael Bassette
Topic: Privacy Rules of HIPAA for Consumers - Impermissible uses and disclosures
It is a very serious matter when medical information is in the wrong hand. One may never know the chaos this may cause until it happens. Medical information is private and should be handled properly. In other to aid consumers and entities the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information also known as the Privacy Rule was established in 1996. This act was implemented as a set of national standards for the protection of certain health information. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued the Privacy Rule to implement the requirement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA”). The rules implemented seek to protect health information by first proper use and disclosure of individuals’ and covered entities. Secondly to understand and control how their health information is used.
The privacy rules protect the information placed on the medical record, conversation on care and treatments, health insurers and billing. The Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has responsibility for implementing and enforcing the Privacy Rule with respect to voluntary compliance activities and civil money penalties. This body guard against impermissible uses and disclosures of health documents and information.
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