HIPAA What? HIPAA Who?
Have you wondered why every first visit with a doctor or admission to a hospital, you are made to sign a “Notice of Privacy Practices” form? Your healthcare provider does not hate trees but is complying with a federal requirement known as The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA for short).
What information is protected?
HIPAA protects all “individually identifiable health information” in verbal, written, and electronic forms to those who need to know. The following cannot be shared with others who are not involved with your care if it contains identifying demographics such as your name, social security number, birth date, or address:
When can information be shared?
Your privacy needs to be balanced so it does not interfere with your care. The following information can be shared:
What are some examples of HIPAA violations?
“Personal health information” is commonly referred to as PHI.
What are the penalties?
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is a federal entity that is responsible for enforcing HIPAA regulations. Penalties include:
Some recent examples include: