Does HIPAA affect the patient’s access to his or her
medical records? Under what circumstances can personal health
information be used for purposes unrelated to
health care? Are there requirements for covered entities to have
written privacy policies? How will employees in the medical office have to be
trained regarding privacy? These are all questions I will be answering for you today.
First, of all HIPAA has no affect for access to their own medical records. However, it
does effect everyone else access to your medical records. No one is allowed to gain
access to your records without a signed HIPPA authorization from yourself. You can
retrieve your records by filling out a form, and you are allowed access to your
dependent children's records under the age of 18.
So you are allowed access to your medical records, but your spouse, lawyer, parents,
etc are not allowed, unless you have signed a HIPAA authorization.
There are twelve circumstances in which personal health information can be used for
purposes unrelated to health care. They are 1.Required by law, 2. Public health
activities, 3. Victims of abuse, 4.Health oversight activities, 5. Judicial and
Administrative proceedings, 6.Law enforcement purposes, 7. Decendents, 8.Cadaveric,
Organ, Eye, or Tissue donation, 9.Research, 10. Serious threat to health of safety, 11.
Essential government functions, and 12. Workers Compensation.
The first requirement states that the notice must describe the ways in which the covered
entity may use and disclose PHI. Another requirement is the notice must state the
covered entities duties to protect privacy, provide a notice for privacy practices, and abide
by the terms of the current notice. Also, the notice...