Hit 220 Legal & Reg Issues-Health Information

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Javier Sanchez
Professor: Nix
HIT 220 Legal & Reg Issues-Health Information
7/13/2012

The Release of Information policies has had its ups and downs throughout the medical industry. The release of information falls on the reasonability of HIM professionals and alike. The fact is all involved parties such as: patients, lawyers, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, patient family members, and most importantly the insurance companies. All play a role in making sure the release of patient information is being secured and being kept safe from prying eyes. Not only is that important it also needs to be accurate and reliable medical information. All of the above information is not only very important it also impacts the HIPAA privacy rule. The Office for Civil Rights is responsible with its enforcement of the HIPPA Privacy Rule. Not only does it need to be enforced it needs to be constantly upheld at all times. This is necessary to protect both the patient and the medical professionals from unauthorized use of their health records and to allow medical providers access to secure, safe, accurate, and reliable medical information. The demand for information has risen from not only third party payers but in fact has risen from governmental entities. Patients now have to consent in order to accept health care treatment. As a result from the demand for patient information has brought forth a huge development between the law and medicine. There’s also the term informed consent. This is used in law to indicate that the consent a patient gives falls under certain minimum standards. Any informed consent can be said to have been given based upon a clear appreciation and understanding of the facts, implications, and future consequences of an action.

Any patient who is concerned must have adequate reasoning faculties and must be in possession of all relevant facts at the time the consent was given. Both of these are needed in order to give...
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