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Understanding patient privacy 1

Patient Privacy

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Understanding patient privacy 1

  1. 1. Understanding Patient Privacy General Rules for Uses and Disclosures of PHI in accordance to HIPAA
  2. 2. Defining HIPAA and PHI HIPAA The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for individually identifiable health information held by covered entities and their business associates and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. At the same time, the Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of health information needed for patient care and other important purposes. The Security Rule specifies a series of administrative, physical, and technical safeguards for covered entities and their business associates to use to assure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information. Source: United States Dept. of Public Health http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/index.html PHI In short, Protected Health Information (PHI) is defined as •Individually identifiable health information •Health information, including demographic information •Relates to an individual’s physical or mental health or the provision of or payment for health care •Transmitted or maintained in any form or medium by a covered entity or its business associate Source: United States Dept. of Public Health http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/index.html
  3. 3. HIPAA and The Grady Health System Grady Health System is committed to ensuring the privacy and the security of our patients' health information. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) strengthens our commitment to our patients.
  4. 4. Questions? Employees should refer to the HIPAA Compliance Policy manual for a better understanding of the HIPAA legislation and of the legislation's impact on treatment, payment and operational practices at Grady Health System.
  5. 5. Resources Questions or issues regarding HIPAA Compliance can be directed to the Compliance Hotline at 1.800.349.4098. Need more information about HIPAA? Go to these websites: United States Dept. of Health & Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/index.html Grady Health System General Rules for Uses and Disclosure of PHI http://gradynet/PoliciesAndProcedures/default.aspx?RootFolder=%2fPoliciesAndProcedures%2fDocuments%2fHIPAA&FolderCTID=0x01200053BB21193D38E943AED3ED3C504AEF7D&View= %7bF1004619%2d2D71%2d442D%2d8ACA%2d140308A8B246%7d
  6. 6. Resources Questions or issues regarding HIPAA Compliance can be directed to the Compliance Hotline at 1.800.349.4098. Need more information about HIPAA? Go to these websites: United States Dept. of Health & Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/index.html Grady Health System General Rules for Uses and Disclosure of PHI http://gradynet/PoliciesAndProcedures/default.aspx?RootFolder=%2fPoliciesAndProcedures%2fDocuments%2fHIPAA&FolderCTID=0x01200053BB21193D38E943AED3ED3C504AEF7D&View= %7bF1004619%2d2D71%2d442D%2d8ACA%2d140308A8B246%7d

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