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Capstone Week 1 Discussion 2

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  1. 1. Confidentiality in the WorkplaceHIPAA
  2. 2. HIPAA HIPAA- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act  Requires the protection and confidential handling of health information  Provides the ability to transfer and continue health insurance coverage for millions of American workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs;  Reduces health care fraud and abuse;  Mandates industry-wide standards for health care information on electronic billing and other processes; and
  3. 3. Handling Health Information Any documents with patient information must only be viewed by intended personnel  Paperwork  Test Results  Medical images  Computed information  Superbills  Etc….
  4. 4. Violations Examples  Leaving a visible computer screen with patient data unattended  Leaving reports/patient documents unattended  Faxing/Emailing patient report or documents through unsecure lines  Speaking about patient information to colleagues outside of work related means  Viewing patient information outside of work related means
  5. 5. Noncompliance “Penalties can occur whether the covered entity knew or should have known of the failure to comply”(US Dept of Health, 2012).  Civil Penalties  $100 - $50,000 (or more) per violation  Criminal Penalties  $50,000 and up to 1 yr imprisonment.  $100,000 and up to 5 yr imprisonment  $250,000 and up to 10 yr imprisonment
  6. 6. Ensuring Compliance Semi-annual privacy trainings Audits  Semi-annual  Random Incentives – those who pass audits Disciplinary Action  Written Warning  Termination