Protected Health Information Essay

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Releasing Protected Health Information Lisa Richardson University of Phoenix Keeping our personal information just that, personal, is very important these days, especially with identity theft and fraud that seems to be running rampant in our society today. So, how can we protect ourselves from this epidemic? Are there times when we have no control over who can and/or cannot view our personal information and expose them; make them available without our consent? Is our personal; medical, personal, identification protected in this day and age? There seems to be times when we have no choice and maybe it is in our best interest that some of our personal information should be given without our consent. So, when can covered entities release protected health information with a patient’s consent and when can they release it without consent? Health records are medicolegal records. This means that the documents in it contain medical information but are also legal documents. Treatment without consent is against the law and is considered to be battery (touching another person without his or her consent). Therefore, the patient must sign consent to treatment forms that give physicians and other healthcare professionals the right to treat them. Patients must also sign a form that allows the facility to contact their insurance companies for payment for health care provided. Under the federal regulations of HIPPA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996), all healthcare settings must provide patients with a statement verifying that their health record information is kept secure and that it is only released to authorized inquiries from other healthcare providers, insurance companies or healthcare quality monitoring organizations. However, HIPPA cannot completely protect a patient’s health information. Such as, in the

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