Dr. Sherrie H. LuMHA690: Health Care Capstone Ashford University 2/6/2012
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act orHIPAA for short, includes punishments for anyone caughtviolating patient privacy. Under HIPAA, the hope is thateducated patients will be able to trust their providers andthe organization in which they work (HIPAA and PatientConfidentiality Training). To build trust, HIPAA calls onhealth care workers and others with access to patientinformation to learn the rules for privacy andconfidentiality and then live by them.
Confidentiality and privacy means that patients have theright to control who will see their protected, identifiablehealth information. This means that communication withor about patients involving patient health information wille private and limited to those who need the information toprovider treatment, payment, or healthcare operationsHIPAA and Patient Confidentiality Training). Suchcommunications may involve verbal discussion, writtencommunication, or electronic communications. Only thosepeople and computer processors with an authorized needto know will have access to protected information (HIPAAand Patient Confidentiality Training).
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of1996 is a multifaceted piece of Legislation that coveredthese three areas: 1) Insurance portability, 2) Fraudenforcement and 3) Administrative Simplification (HIPAAand Patient Confidentiality Training). HIPAA was enacted toimprove the efficiency and efficacy of the healthcaresystem. The first two components of HIPAA are already ineffect, portability and accountability (HIPAA and PatientConfidentiality Training). Portability ensures thatindividuals moving from one health plan to another willhave the continuity of coverage and will not be deniedcoverage under pre-existing clauses. Accountabilitysignificantly increases the federal government’s fraudenforcement authority in many different areas.
The Administrative Simplification portion, specifically privacy and confidentiality will be the focus of this course. This portion of HIPAA deals in areas of: Privacy, Security, and Transaction Standards (HIPAA and Patient Confidentiality Training). This rule set national standards for the protection of health information, as applied to three types of entities: health plans, health care clearing houses, and health care providers who conduct certain health care transactions electronically (HIPAA and Patient Confidentiality Training). The three major purposes for the privacy rules are: Protect patients’ right by giving them access to their health information and control over making sure the records were used appropriately. Improve the quality of care by restoring trust in the health care system. Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the way health care is delivered by creating a framework for privacy that build on efforts by states and health systems (HIPAA and Patient Confidentiality Training).
Consequently, HIPAA training may involve educationalcourses, hands-on training exercises, the use ofagreements in the workplace, computer training and anyother type of training. Such courses may be live, in-persontraining or computerized training (HIPAA TrainingRequirements). Courses generally focus on key areas, suchas the ways in which the employer utilizes protectedhealth information, how the employer takes precautions toensure the confidentiality of the patient information, theorganizations privacy policies and procedures, the methodfor resolving potential breaches of patient information andthe consequences of a HIPAA violation(HIPAA TrainingRequirements).
If a covered entity handles patient data in its computernetwork, that entity must provide HIPAA-specific computertraining. The storage of patient information and theexchange of this information via computers present thepotential for accidental breach of patient confidentiality(HIPAA Training Requirements). Consequently, HIPAA trainingrequires that computer users receive a password and aretaught the ways in which a HIPAA violation may be avoided.Under HIPAA, any covered entities must continue to provideHIPAA training to its workers. Thus, entities must be vigilantin keeping abreast of any HIPAA developments and changessuch that HIPAA training efforts remain updated. One way toprovide ongoing HIPAA training is to use internal documents,such as newsletters, to advise workers of HIPAA changes(HIPAA Training Requirements).
HIPAA Confidentiality and Privacy Training http://www6.miami.edu/sonhs/students/studentinfopdf/HIPPA_Confidentially_and_ Privacy_Training.pdfHIPAA Training Requirements www.ehow.com/about_5233894_hippa-training- requirements.html