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How Hippa Violations Affect the Medical Billing Process

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How HIPPA Violations Affect the Medical Billing Process

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the virus that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome referred to as AIDS (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2010). Left untreated, HIV can damage the immune system that can lead to AIDS. When the initial diagnosis becomes established the patient has many adjustments to overcome. Feelings of shame, guilt, denial, depression, fear, anger and shock are the beginning of the ramifications one must face with HIV and AIDS. Other ramifications include social, legal, and ethical issues. Whereas a diagnosis of HIV does not mean that the patient has AIDS, a diagnosis does mean that the patient will be thrust into an overwhelming state of emotion and not knowing what to do next. Most people have a misconception regarding HIV and AIDS yet the disease is a pandemic issue that must be addressed. In the modern society of present-day most are unafraid of war and crisis partly because war and crisis are easier to understand than HIV. With the information available today the public is still afraid to embrace the problem and stand for the fight against the disease and the discriminations involved with the infected. Society in general is a discriminative society. The social repercussions of HIV are astounding. The HIV patient is prone to social isolation and discrimination consistent throughout society. Most people view the HIV patient with stigmatized eyes as a deviant part of society. One must be a drug addict, gay, or lady of the night to contract such an evil disease. With various explanations available the public does not want to understand what the public fears. Therefore, the patient subjected receives insurmountable areas of pain and abuse. A person who has the HIV virus may appear to be in good general health for years. During these years the HIV virus may infect the body’s defense system by attacking the T-cells of the blood. The T-cells are the cells...

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