What is HIPPA?
HIPPA are the acronyms for the law enacted by Congress in l996 called “Health Insurance
Privacy and Portability Act.”
It was enacted to establish a national framework for Security Standards and Protections for
confidentiality with regard to Healthcare Records.
HIPPA regulations are organization into three primary areas:
Administrative Simplification: These are regulations that have been enacted to create a
uniform standard for the electronic transmission of health information.
Security: These regulations require providers and anyone else who maintain health
information to maintain the security and integrity of individually identifiable health
Privacy: These regulations set forth the rules for the uses and disclosures of
individually identifiable health information by the providers and others.
Who Enforces HIPPA?
The Office for Civil Rights, (OCR) enforces the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
How is HIPPA Enforced?
HIPPA is enforced in three ways.
By Investigating complaints filed with it.
By Conducting compliance reviews to determine if covered entities are in compliance.
By performing education and outreaches to foster compliance with the Rules requirements.
OCR also works with the Department of Justice to refer possible criminal violations of HIPPA.
What is a HIPPA Office?
HIPPA officers usually work in Medical Institutions and Private Practices to ensure that the
HIPPA policies are being upheld and carried out. A HIPPA officer takes an Oath to uphold
regulations and report any deviations to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Facebook and HIPPA
My first Cited case was one that I found to be truly disturbing. The story takes place in
Chicago and tells the story of a Nurse named Christie Zdzinicki, and a patient named Mr.
Cornstalk. Christie worked at a Chicago hospital. A man by the name of Mr. Cornstalk was a
regular patient there. He was a Native American who was homeless and an alcoholic. He was
often taken to the hospital often by Emergency Medical Staff largely due to his lifestyle and
circumstances. Many medical staff became familiar with him due to his frequent hospital
stays. The shocking part of the story begins when Christie creating a Facebook group called,
“Did you know this alcoholic Indian?” The group had some 600 members including policeman,
firefighters and EMT's. There were pictures posted of the patient clearly in a hospital bed,
wearing a hospital gown and cardiac monitors with a Santa Hat. Some commented, “That
was my screen saver”.
The patient passed away in 2006. Many of those involved attended his funeral. Whether they
had ill intentions or not they clearly violated HIPPA and Ethical conduct by carelessly amusing
themselves with this persons poor circumstances. Facebook removed the pages but “Natives
Against Racism”, saved the pages. This is the legacy this nurse has leaves behind.
Case # 2
Hollywood and HIPPA
October 10, 2007
27 Suspended after George Clooney HIPPA Breach
George Clooney and...