Confidentiality in the Workplace

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Confidentiality in the Workplace

  1. 1. Suzanne Alvarez February 27, 2013
  2. 2.  Learn more about: ◦ Privacy rights ◦ Health Information Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) ◦ Protected Health Information (PHI) ◦ When it is acceptable to use patient information ◦ Patient rights ◦ How to protect patient confidentiality and privacy
  3. 3.  Amendment I – Privacy of beliefs Amendment II – Privacy of the home Amendment IV – Privacy of the person and possessions Amendment IX – More general protection for privacy Source: The Right of Privacy
  4. 4.  Enacted in 1996 HIPAA is a Federal law that… ◦ Protects the privacy and security of patient information ◦ Provides for electronic and physical security of health and patient medical information ◦ Simplifies billing and other transactions Under HIPAA, releasing health information to inappropriate parties or failing to properly protect PHI is illegal Organizations may be fined and violators imprisoned
  5. 5.  PHI: ◦ Can be written, electronic, or spoken/heard ◦ May include financial information ◦ Is anything that can be used to identify a patient Medical information is PHI if it can be connected to a specific patient PHI can be shared through use and disclosure
  6. 6.  A breach of PHI is the unauthorized use, disclosure or acquisition of unsecured PHI Breaches include: ◦ Employees accessing medical records without a job-related purpose, ◦ Improper disposal of PHI ◦ Posting of PHI on social media site ◦ Faxing of PHI to incorrect number or mailing to incorrect address ◦ Contacting friends or family member when patient is recognized ◦ Losing an unencrypted jump drive
  7. 7.  Government requests Treatment Payment Healthcare operations Research with IRB approval Patient authorizedSource: HIPAA Training
  8. 8.  To control the sharing of PHI, patients have the right to: ◦ Receive a copy of privacy practices ◦ Review and copy their medical record ◦ Make amendments to their medical record ◦ Receive a list of certain disclosures ◦ Request confidential communication ◦ File a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services
  9. 9.  To ensure patient privacy and confidentiality are protected: ◦ Properly dispose of any document that contains PHI ◦ Verify fax number before sending PHI ◦ Ensure privacy before having discussions regarding confidential health information ◦ Safeguard medical records ◦ Respect employee privacy rights ◦ Do not discuss or share any PHISource: The Right of Privacy
  10. 10. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure theprivacy of patients and their health information are protected!

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