Week 1 written assignment ashby mha690 - confidentiality
Confidentiality Confidentiality Cynthia AshbyMHA690: Health Care Capstone Dr. Hwang-Ji March 15, 2012
The Code of EthicsThe Code of Ethics of theAmerican College of HealthcareExecutive states: The fundamentalobjectives of the healthcaremanagement profession are tomaintain or enhance the overallquality of life, dignity and well-being of every individual needinghealthcare service…(Johnson, 2009).
The Code of EthicsIn addition: Healthcare executiveshave an obligation to act in waysthat will merit the trust,confidence and respect ofhealthcare professionals and thegeneral public.(Johnson, 2009).
Protecting InformationHealthcare providers have anobligation to protect the PersonalHealth Information (PHI) of theirpatients.
HIPAA RegulationsThe Health Insurance Portabilityand Accountability Act (signed intolaw in 1996 and implemented in2003) is a regulation that aids inlimiting how patients informationis accessed.Under (HIPAA), in order to accesspatient medical records, providermust obtain consent. (Hillestad & Berkowitz, 2004).
Governed by HIPAA ?Covered EntitiesHealthcare providers &:Business associates - companies andconsultants that perform services for“covered entities” such as health careproviders (doctors, hospitals, etc.),health plans, and health careclearinghouses. governed by the samerequirements under HIPAA as coveredentities.(Hero, 2012).
PenaltiesThere are increased enforcementand penalties for HIPAA violations.Civil and Criminal penalties forviolations are increased based onthe level of intent, and stateattorneys general are given thepower to prosecute and seek civilpenalties for violations.(Hero, 2012).
PenaltiesAccessing patient informationwithout consent is unethical and indirect violation of HIPAAregulations.Individuals or organizations foundin violation of HIPAA will besubject to punishment by thefullest extent of the law.Including but not limited toTermination of employment, fines,and/imprisonment.(Hero, 2012).