Hippa and Nursing

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HIPAA and Nursing
Catherine L. Workman
University of Phoenix
Jul. 26, 06

To discuss how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has affected my nursing practice today we must first discuss the Act itself. The protection and privacy of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) which became law in ,1996. Subtitle F of Title II of HIPAA, entitled "Administrative Simplification, "requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to adopt national standards for certain information- related activities of the health care industry. This law works to make the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system by mandating the development of standards and requirements to enable the electronic exchange of certain health information. Section 262 of subtitle F added a new Part C to Title XI of the Act. Part C (42 U.S.C. 1320d - 1320d-8) requires the Secretary to adopt national transactions, such as code sets and certain unique health identifiers. Recognizing that the industry trend toward computerizing health information, which HIPAA encourages, may increase access to that information, the statute also requires national standards to protect the security and privacy of the information." The Privacy Rule is defined as "HIPAA Privacy the Protections and privacy of all health information." HIPAA.101.com: the rules, (2006, ¶HIPAA Security Rule, this rule "mandates the security of Electronic medical records (EMR). This rule addresses the technical aspects of protecting electronic health files." HIPAA.101.com: HIPAA: the rules (2006:¶ 3). Prior to HIPAA states had their own standards for health practice and privacy. This resulted in inconsistencies for nurses in dealing with patients. "HIPAA imposes uniformity nationwide."(Granchow,2002). HIPAA now gives a great deal of power and rights to the patient regarding his private files. I as an employee of the Veterans administration have had many educational...
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