HIPAA Workforce Training. PRIVACY and HIPAA. MANDATORY. Completion of training is mandatory under HIPAA for the entire workforce of the MHRB Including volunteers, like yourselves. What is HIPPA?.
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PRIVACY and HIPAA
HIPAA for the entire workforce of the MHRB
Including volunteers, like yourselves.
In 1996 President Clinton signed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This new law was enacted as part of a broad congressional attempt at incremental healthcare reform.
HIPAA has two primary purposes. One is to provide continuous insurance coverage for workers who change jobs, and the other is to “reduce the costs and administrative burdens of health care by making possible the standardized, electronic transmission of many administrative and financial transactions that are currently carried out manually on paper”.
PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
Protected Health Information is defined as any information, whether oral or recorded, in any form or medium, that-
When using or disclosing Protected Health Information (PHI) or when requesting PHI from another covered entity, The Board must make reasonable efforts to limit PHI to the minimum necessary to accomplish the intended purpose of the use, disclosure, or request, unless an exception applies.
The minimum necessary requirement does not apply in the following instances:
The Board may rely on a request for disclosure as the minimum necessary for the stated purpose when:
When a disclosure is required by federal, state, or local law, judicial or administrative proceedings, or law enforcement.
Disclosure without your consent can occur in certain emergency treatment situations.
To avoid harm.
For specific government functions.
For workers' compensation purposes.
Appointment reminders and health-related benefits or services.
For fundraising activities, public health activities, organ donations, and for research purposes.Using and Disclosing PHIWithout Consent
In certain instances, as permitted or required by law, The Board can or must disclose an individual’s PHI, even where there is no specific consent or authorization from the individual to do so.
No PHI will be disclosed without precautions being made to assure that the identity of the person requesting PHI information is verified and that they have the authority to have access to the information requested.
When the identity of the person seeking disclosure of an individual’s PHI is not known to The Board, verification of the person’s identity is as follows:
To verify the authority of a public official, The Board may rely on any of the following:
One of the purposes of the new HIPAA rule is to give clients more control over their PHI. Such as:
PHI only if you need it to do
your job or duties.
only if you need it to do your job or duties.
others when it is necessary for them to do their jobs.
Protecting privacy is important!
from $50,000 to
can be up to
When do we have law, judicial or administrative proceedings, or law enforcement.
to protect PHI?
Please read the following two HIPAA stories carefully as you will be asked to discuss them
on the quiz.
After serving on the client’s rights appeal committee, I ran into the customer Annie, who filed the appeal at the grocery store. She came up to me and started talking about her appeal, the medications she was placed on and how she was not feeling any better. I told her I could not discuss her appeal that it was confidential, and that it takes time for some medications to work.
Did I do the right thing?
I happened to be using the copier in the MHRB office when a fax arrived. I did not read any of the details but recognized the client name on the incident report. I did not do anything with the information and kept it to myself.
Did I do the right thing?
Congratulations! You have completed
The HIPAA Privacy Training