What Is The HIPPA PrivacyRule? The privacy rule creates national standards to protect patient medical records and personal health information. The rule: gives patients control over their health information Sets limitations on the use and release of health records and information Establishes safeguards that providers must follow to protect patient privacy
Protected Health Information HIPPA protects any identifiable information related to the past, present, or future physical or metal health of a person In any form or medium (oral, written, or electronic) Examples of protected information include: zip codes, telephone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, pictures, dates of service, patient history, discharge summary, phone notes, inpatient or outpatient progress notes, census, and allergies.
Who Is Authorized To Seeprotected Health Information? Health care providers who are directly involved in providing treatment, payment, or involved with health operations. Efforts must be made to limit protected health information to the minimum necessary to accomplish the intended purpose of the use, disclosure, or request.
HIPPA Rights Guaranteed ToPatients Patients can: See their records or get a copy Request amendments to their records if they feel the records are incorrect Request a list of who their records have been disclosed to Complain of privacy problems
Provider Rights Use patient information for treatment, payment, and health care operations Disclose information to family members or other patient representatives if the patient cannot speak for himself
Fines And Penalties Civil: $100 each violation up to $25,000 per person per year Criminal: Knowing – up to $50,000, 1 year in prison Under false pretences - $100,000 , 5 years in prison With malice or personal gain - $250,000, 10 years in prison
How To Safeguard ProtectedHealth Information Avoid discussion about patients in public areas Do not leave messages on an answering machine concerning a patient’s condition Secure storage and transportation of patient information Display precautions such as public view of computer screens Log off computers when away from work station Records are locked except to people who need access to information If you have any questions ask the company’s safety officer.