JSBMHA and HIPPA Case Study
1. How does HIPAA serve to protect patient rights?
HIPPA protects patients’ right by giving the patient complete privacy regarding his or her health as well as protecting the identity of the patient. The patient is given the right to challenge or correct information in his or her medical records, place a letter of disagreement, and to inspect and copy medical records. It also prevents a doctor from disclosing information that does not need to be given. The doctor can discuss and disclose information if it pertains to treatment. For example, if the patient had a heart attack; the doctor would release the information to the insurance company so that the insurance company could pay for treatment. It also states that before a doctor can release information, the consent of the patient must be given. Thus giving the patient control over what information is released and to whom.
2. What areas of the JSBMHA did HIPAA compliance impact?
Areas impacted by HIPPA are security and privacy of patient data, national standards for patient confidentiality, improved security systems, national standards for health care information, and the promotion of sending healthcare information electronically.
3. What actions should the JSBMHA director take about the HIPAA violation? Explain your answers in detail.
I think that the director should have a meeting with both involved parties individually. He or she should ask the nature of the conversation held. The director should inform both parties that the conversation was overheard by someone in the cafeteria without saying who reported the conversation. The director should inform each individual of the HIPPA laws that were broken. Both individuals should be reprimanded. Both discussed private information and gave detailed information including specifics such as names. Both should be suspended without pay and both should take a class on HIPPA law, or depending on the severity...
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