The privacy rule is a set of national standards for the protection of certain health information. Privacy rules are standards that deal with the use and disclosure of a person’s health information as well as standards for individual’s privacy rights to be able to understand and control their health information. The HIPPA privacy rules directly affect covered entities, health care clearinghouses, healthcare providers who transmit health information in electronic form. The goal of this rule is to introduce, and implement administrative simplifications in order to increase effectiveness of healthcare in the United States, protect health information of individual against access without consent or authorization, while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality healthcare as well as protect the public health and well being. Legislation Analysis Privacy Rules: The privacy requirements limit the release of patient information without the patient’s knowledge and consent beyond that required.
Compliance plans are used to find, correct, and prevent fraud and abuse in medical care facilities. Compliance plans correlate to different medical records by helping prevent mistreatment of a patient’s sensitive personal information. Compliance plans also help prevent fraud and abuse by a medical care facility’s staff. It is important for every member of the medical staff to properly follow the facility’s compliance plan to prevent civil or criminal litigation. If a facility fails to comply with the compliance plan they could face lawsuits from patient’s or fines from government agencies.
If the consent is not given by a patient the practice, physician, or the healthcare worker can be held liable in a lawsuit. It is also important to show empathy and compassion to a patient to make them feel that they are welcomed. A healthcare worker should also know when to draw the line with a patient to avoid any kind of harassment issues or to make the patient feel uncomfortable. In any healthcare facility a patient’s need for care should be the main priority, and the healthcare worker should make sure that the priority is met. It has also been shown in the Medical Law and Ethics course that it is a must that all healthcare workers know and understand the legal
In today’s world health care organizations are using electronic medical records and other computerized applications to handle medical operations and procedures. The most important objective of the security rule is to safeguard the privacy of a person’s health information. At the same time that information needs to be used by health care professionals to provide quality care for patients. Covered entities need to be able to use this information to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care (Summary of the HIPAA security rule, n.d.). The Security rule guard all identifiable medical information a covered entity receives, creates, transmits or maintains in electronic form (Summary of the HIPAA security rule, n.d.).
I work in a healthcare environment where Information Security begins at a process level and is maintained and ensured to various degrees. In Healthcare there are what is known as HIPPA regulations that exist to ensure the privacy of patient data in healthcare and insurance facilities. There are several aspects to take into consideration when analyzing a potential data security problem. The first aspect to consider is network security. If hackers can penetrate the network, patient data is definitely at risk.
HIPPA ISSUE HIPPA Issues M230/HSC2641 Oct 13, 2013 Robert Feightner HIPPA Issues In the field of healthcare management we have a large responsibility to ensuring that hospital services and facilities are running smoothly and that patient’s health information are protected by upholding HIPPA standards and implementing them. This means that information is secure and private, and employees are properly trained and aware of these guidelines that are put out by HIPPA. If these standards are not supported and maintained than we could be in violation of HIPPA privacy rule and or security rule. The privacy rule regulates how patient health information (PHI) is being disclosed to third parties whether it is in electronic, paper or
Quality Health Care in a Modern World Stephanie Jordan HCA 304 Instructor: Kori Novak October 15, 2011 Quality health care in today’s world consists of more than just a doctor or a nurse providing care to a patient; it is the combination of technology, management, training and the human aspect. The legal issues of providing the best health care are important because they involve not only protecting the patient but insuring that processes are put into place to change problem issues into stronger policies to protect the patient. Ethical issues come into play when a patient’s rights are violated or services are refused because of ability to pay. How do we build a strong community of health care? The first step is the role of the health
Fifth, the physician assisted suicide should only be carried out in a meaningful doctor patient relationship. A physician should not be forced to participate in any act they deem unethical. Sixth, consultation with another experienced physician is required to ensure it is a sincere request. The patient and immediate family should attend counseling sessions to emotionally prepare for “treatment”. And lastly, all the steps should be clearly documented using an electronic video source, and through the patient’s paper file.
It is important that consent or refusal in a medical and/or scientific context be informed for all patients and research subjects. The purpose of informed consent is to enable the participant to be actively involved in their care, participating in the decision making process with a full awareness of any potential consequences of a treatment or a treatments refusal. Modern informed consent laws place a heavy emphasis on the value of individual human rights and patient autonomy by insisting that informed consent be obtained for all medical procedures. In the event that someone is physically or mentally incapable of consent, such as in patients suffering from later stage Dementia’s, a representative may be permitted to authorize certain procedures. The criteria for informed consent or refusal as stated in Chapter 6 of Ethical & legal issues in Canadian Nursing are as follows: * Consent must be given voluntarily.
Patient confidentiality includes any information such as test results, treatments, diagnoses, and personal information like name, age, and SS#s. These are private details regarding an individual’s life and handling of the private information is a delicate process that requires proper handling. Health care professionals are responsible for handling information with the best interest of the patient. Administrators help keep order and are gatekeepers of the process. Current Issues Situations that arise in healthcare settings include the mishandling of personal information.