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The Importance of Patient Confidentiality
The Health Insurance Portability and                 Accountability Act
   The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal    protections for personal health information    held by covered entities and...
   A major goal of the Privacy Rule is to assure    that individuals’ health information is    properly protected while a...
   Health Care Providers    ◦ Doctors    ◦ Clinics    ◦ Pharmacies   Health Plans    ◦ Health Insurance Companies    ◦ H...
Covered entities that fail to comply voluntarily  with the standards may be subject to civil               money penalties.
   A person who knowingly obtains or discloses    individually identifiable health information in    violation of the Pri...
   Remember patient safety and privacy is our    number one priority.   Confidentiality is our responsibility.   Report...
It is our duty to protect the privacy of those           seeking care and healing
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  1. 1. The Importance of Patient Confidentiality
  2. 2. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  3. 3.  The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for personal health information held by covered entities and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. The Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of personal health information needed for patient care and other important purposes.
  4. 4.  A major goal of the Privacy Rule is to assure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the publics health and well being.
  5. 5.  Health Care Providers ◦ Doctors ◦ Clinics ◦ Pharmacies Health Plans ◦ Health Insurance Companies ◦ HMO’s ◦ Medicare and Medicaid
  6. 6. Covered entities that fail to comply voluntarily with the standards may be subject to civil money penalties.
  7. 7.  A person who knowingly obtains or discloses individually identifiable health information in violation of the Privacy Rule may face a criminal penalty of up to $50,000 and up to one-year imprisonment. The criminal penalties increase to $100,000 and up to five years imprisonment if the wrongful conduct involves false pretenses, and to $250,000 and up to 10 years imprisonment if the wrongful conduct involves the intent to sell, transfer, or use identifiable health information for commercial advantage, personal gain or malicious harm.
  8. 8.  Remember patient safety and privacy is our number one priority. Confidentiality is our responsibility. Report employees who have breeched HIPPA confidentiality and privacy rules.
  9. 9. It is our duty to protect the privacy of those seeking care and healing
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