July 15, 2012
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a Privacy Rule in 1996, which was set to implement the requirement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. It is important that everyone employed in the health care field is aware, and has a good understanding of this Privacy Rule. This paper will discuss the important facts regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and the reasons why is it important for employees of any health and medical field to know and understand it. The Privacy Rule, also known as “HIPPA,” addresses the use and the disclosure of individuals’ health information. The goal of the Privacy Rule is to assure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of the health information needed to provide good quality health care. Protected health information is set in effect by organizations that are connected with the Privacy Rule called covered entities. This rule ensures that patients can better understand and control their health information. HIPPA was enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. It was also enacted by the government, and the law became effective by July 1, 1997. It is important for employees to be very well trained in this Privacy Rule, ensuring that they are fully capable of protecting all proprietary information for the patient and their families. There are special guidelines to which this information is applied. These information guidelines include health care status of the insured person, health claim attachments, and health care premiums. Employees should also know that there are heavy fines if health care providers break these particular rules. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was set into effect on February 17, 2009, which states that if an organization failed to comply with the rules there will be fines to pay...