What HIPAA means to a Health Care Worker?
HIPAA was initially enacted to protect workers in the United States from being denied health insurance coverage when they changed jobs. HIPAA Privacy Rule was made to protect patients’ rights by ensuring the privacy of patients’ health information. Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the healthcare organization must: Have in place privacy policies and procedures that are appropriate for it healthcare services; Notify patients of their privacy rights and how their private health information can be used or disclosed; Train all employees so that they understand the privacy policies and procedures; Appoint a privacy official who is responsible for ensuring that the privacy policies and procedures are enforced; Safeguard patients’ records. Basically, it effects the healthcare worker this way by making sure the patient is safe.
HCP can protect the privacy of patient information by understanding their healthcare organization’s privacy practices and by remaining vigilant in their day-to-day interactions with colleagues, patients, family, and friends. The HCP should also be careful never to accidentally or inadvertently disclose any patient’s health information. Some ways to remain vigilant is being aware of who may be within...
Cited: McCoory, Laurie Kelly, and Jeff Mason. Communication Skills for the Healthcare Professional. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011.
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