The HIPAA Privacy Law Cause and Effect Essay by writingsensation

The HIPAA Privacy Law
This paper examines the Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act.
# 91364 | 1,385 words | 7 sources | APA | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 27, 2006 in Law (Civil) , Medical and Health (General)

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The paper discusses how as a result of the enormous increase in accessibility to information with respect to personal data, including a great deal of healthcare information, the government has initiated changes in laws regarding the confidentiality of information. The paper examines the HIPAA, the Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and explains the tenets of this legislation. This includes ensuring that healthcare professionals are properly trained in HIPAA compliance and aware of the legal consequences of committing an infraction as HIPAA will, in the end, have far reaching consequences for both patient and provider.

From the Paper:

"HIPAA is an acronym of the Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 wherein federal legislation was formatted to ensure, through compliance, the safety and security of patient confidentiality of all health care matters as applied to the storing and transmission of patient information (Public Law 104-191, Aug. 21, 1996). The "Law" also made significant provisions to combat health insurance fraud, eases the flow of needed insurance information (HIPAA, 1996), promote the continuity of health coverage for subscribers, improve admittance to long-term care facilities for those in need. The most significant part of the Act impacting upon the healthcare profession is Section 1177: Wrongful Disclosure of Individually Identifiable Health Information and Patient Privacy Compliance. The remainder of this section will, therefore, take a closer look at the aforementioned privacy tenets."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Medical Association (2001). Medical Code of Ethics. Washington, DC.
  • Cady, Rebecca F. (2003). Privacy under HIPAA: What employers and providers need to know." JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation, December, 5:4, p. 82-84.
  • Chrestay, Karen (2001). Anticipating the benefits of HIPAA while addressing the challenge of compliance. ONE, p.12.
  • Kibbe, David C. (2001). What You Need to Know about HIPAA Now. Family PracticeManagement, p.57
  • Ohlson, E. L. (2003). Procedures and Policies for Regulatory Compliance. Cleveland, Ohio

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