Introduction to HIPAA

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Basic privacy and HIPAA training module for the Open Door clinic.

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Introduction to HIPAA

  1. 1. Introduction to HIPAA Volunteer Training Module Open Door Clinic
  2. 2. What is HIPAA? Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act HIPAA is a Federal Law enacted to: • Protect the privacy of a patient’s personal and health information • Provide for the physical and electronic security of personal health information • Simplify billing and other transactions with Standardized Code Sets and Transactions • Specify new rights of patients to approve access/use of their medical information
  3. 3. HIPAA Requirements • To protect the privacy and security of an individual’s Protected Health Information (PHI) • To require the use of ― minimal necessary‖ • To extend the rights of individuals over the use of their PHI “Use” includes accessing or looking up a patient record in any Open Door systems or paper records which is NOT required for your job.
  4. 4. What is Protected Information? We must protect an individual’s personal and health information that • Is created, received, or maintained by a health care provider or health plan AND • Is written, spoken, or electronic
  5. 5. The HIPAA Eighteen These are the patient identifiers as defined by HIPAA
  6. 6. To use or disclose PHI Open Door must give each patient a Notice of Privacy Practices which: • Describes how Open Door may use and disclose the patient’s protected health information (PHI) and • Advises the patient of his/her privacy rights
  7. 7. The Law Unless required or permitted by law, Open Door must obtain authorization from the patient to use, disclose or access only the minimum necessary. • Patient Authorization - allows Open Door to disclose information for other purposes (§164.508) • Minimum necessary applies to all uses and disclosures for payment and all healthcare operations (§164.502(b), §164.514(d))
  8. 8. Quick Check Summary What does HIPAA stand for? What is PHI? How may PHI be disclosed?

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