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HIPAA security officers are trained in all HIPAA regulations and protocols and take an oath to uphold HIPAA regulations and report any deviations to the Department of Health Read more: HIPAA Security Officer Responsibilities | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_6784702_hipaa-security-officer-responsibilities.html#ixzz2GC0xnucb HIPAA security officers are trained in all HIPAA regulations and protocols and take an oath to uphold HIPAA regulations and report any deviations to the Department of Health Read more: HIPAA Security Officer Responsibilities | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_6784702_hipaa-security-officer-responsibilities.html#ixzz2GC0xnucb HIPAA security officers typically work within medical institutions and private practices to ensure that the Health Insurance

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
records.

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.

Case #1

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...
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