August 21, 2011
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was the one who issued the Privacy Rule to implement the requirement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPPA”). The Privacy Rule addresses the use and the disclosure of individuals’ health information called the protected health information by organizations that is connected with the Privacy Rule called “covered entities,” this when the individuals’ can better understand and how to control their health information. The goal of the Privacy Rule is to assure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of the health information needed to provide good quality health care. HIPPA was enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. I would say that it was enacted by the government, and the law became effective by July 1, 1997. Employees must be very well trained so they are capable of protecting all information for the patient and their families. There are special guidelines that apply the information includes health care status of the insured person, health claim attachments, and health care premiums. Employees should also know that there are heavy fines if the health care providers break the rules. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 were signed into law on February 17, 2009. If an organization failed to comply with the rules there will be fines to pay. The amounts start from 10,000 to 100,000 depending on if the violation can’t be corrected. The criminal penalties as of June 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice clarified who can be held criminally liable under HIPPA. The individuals who knowingly obtain or disclose health information in violation of the Administration Simplification Regulations face up to a 50,000 fine and possible up to 1 year imprisonment. Also any statements made under false pretenses...