Effects of HIPAA on the Delivery of Medical Care Analytical Essay by Nicky

A brief analysis of the effects of the HIPAA on patients, practitioners and payers.
# 150358 | 1,587 words | 10 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Feb 02, 2012 in Political Science (U.S.) , Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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The paper examines the legislative, regulatory, social and ethical effects of the HIPAA on the healthcare industry and the three separate groups of stakeholders within it; the patients, practitioners and payers. The paper discusses financial concerns and concerns over obstacles to research and public health efforts, but also finds that despite growing concerns regarding over-regulation, the patient's right to privacy is certainly better protected under HIPAA than it was prior to the Act. The paper concludes that as changes continue to be made to the HIPAA regulations, a better balance between privacy concerns and the public good will undoubtedly be reached.

Legislative Effects
Regulatory Effects
Social Effects
Ethical Effects

From the Paper:

"The continuing legislative effects of the HIPAA on patients is largely a matter of privacy concerns. Though the HIPAA and later amendments to the Act affect methods of payment, they have not been shown to add cost to the patient (Wielawski 2009). Current pending legislation would extend the type of records and documentation covered by the HIPAA, especially in the field of psychiatry where a great deal of research material is still uncovered (Barias 2009). The legislative effect on patients has been generally minimal, however.
"This is certainly not true for practitioners. Increased legislation has not only made certain privacy concerns and regulations more restrictive, but Medicare payments have also been affected by recent legislation (Barias (a) 2009). The recent stimulus bill includes financial benefits to practitioners and institutions that make a major shift to electronic record keeping and transferal, and penalties in the form of reduced Medicare payments to those who do not (Barias (a) 2009). This could pose serious financial incentives to certain practitioners, but could cause others to stop providing services to patients on Medicare when the cost of shifting to electronic record keeping is shown to be a losing proposition on balance (Barias (a) 2009)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barias, S. (a) (2009). "Stimulus bill includes physician payment/penalties and HIPAA expansions." Psychiatric times 26(5).
  • Barias, S. (2009). "Stimulus Bill Includes Important Privacy Provisions That Affect Psychiatrists." Psychiatric times, 26(6).
  • Conn, J. (2009). "New sheriff in town." Modern healthcare, 39(33), pp. 13-4.
  • Fetter, M. (2009). "Electronic health records and privacy." Issues in mental health nursing 30(6), pp. 408-9.
  • Hasselkus, A. & Romanow, K. (2009). "Privacy act basic for private practitioners." The ASHA leader 14(11), pp. 3-5.

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