Health Care and Hipaa Privacy Rule Essay

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The HIPAA Privacy Rule:
What Volunteers Need to Know

What is HIPAA?
 HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portable and Accountable Act of 1996.
 It is a federal law imposed on health care organizations.

Penalties
 Criminal: Maximum of 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine for serious offenses such as selling health information or gaining access to information under false pretenses.
 Civil: Maximum fine of $25000 per violation for incidence such as releasing patient information with out proper authorization.
 Children’s Specialized Hospital: Violating HIPAA rules will be subject to immediate review and serious consequences up to and including termination of volunteer services.

What is PHI?
 Protected Health Information is another name for Confidential Information.
 PHI is any information that: is written on paper, saved on the computer or other media, or spoken is created or received by Children’s relates to a patient’s past, present, or future payment for healthcare
Identifies the individual, such as name, age, diagnosis, photos, medical number, and more

Protect Patient’s Privacy
 Don’t discuss patients in public areas such as elevators and cafeteria lines
 Don’t ask personal information of the patient
 Don’t take photographs of patients
 Do knock on doors and ask to enter a patient’s room before walking in

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