HIPAA, HITECH, Hi-jinks What are the Feds up to now?. Presented by: Jeniece Poole, CIPP, CIPP/G U of A Privacy Officer. August 18, 2010 College of Nursing. HIPAA Privacy. Keeping It To Ourselves! Protecting Patient Confidentiality…. Topics of Discussion. Quick HIPAA Refresher
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Jeniece Poole, CIPP, CIPP/G
U of A Privacy Officer
August 18, 2010
College of Nursing
Keeping It To Ourselves!
Protecting Patient Confidentiality…
Federal authorities are investigating whether UT Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital committed fraud by falsely billing Medicare and Medicaid for patient care, The Dallas Morning News has learned.
The probe already has identified millions of dollars in potential fraud in the government health insurance programs for the elderly, disabled and poor, sources said.
Investigators are focusing on whether UT Southwestern, one of the nation's leading medical schools, billed the government for services that faculty physicians did not actually provide while working at Parkland. A key question is whether faculty physicians properly supervised doctors in training, known as residents.
Warnings that UT Southwestern's handling of government insurance claims could be fraudulent date back nearly two decades, court records and interviews show. Nevertheless, the taxpayer-supported medical school and hospital failed to effectively guard against abuses, according to audits and former employees.
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HIPAA Privacy is CONFIDENTIALITYRemember!
This information can be in various forms and must be protected
More than two dozen hospital workers have been suspended for four weeks after allegedly looking at George Clooney's confidential medical information when he was admitted to Palisades Medical Center, in North Bergen, New Jersey, for a motorcycle-related injury that resulted in a broken rib and scrapes.
No physicians were among the twenty-seven hospital employees suspended. Also, as many as seven of the suspended employees may have been authorized to view the records. "This is the first I've heard of it," Clooney said in a statement, "and while I very much believe in a patient's right of privacy, I would hope that this could be settled without suspending medical workers."
ASSOCIATED PRESS, N.J. Workers Suspended in Clooney Breach, Modern Healthcare's Daily Dose (Oct. 10, 2007)
Another employee fired for allegedly violating HIPAA by a posting on Facebook.
Like so many others, James was emotional following the shooting death of Taylor Police Corporal Matthew Edwards. She worked for the hospital organization that treated the police officer and the shooting suspect, Tyress Mathews.
One night, while at home, she posted on Facebook that she came face-to-face with a cop killer and hoped he rotted in hell.
Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act
to enforce violations.
Federal definition of breach:
“The unauthorized acquisition, access, use or disclosure of protected health information which compromises ;the security or privacy of such information, except where an unauthorized person to who such information is disclosed would not reasonably have been able to retain such information.”
Kaiser Permanente’s Bellflower Medical Center was fined for failing to protect patient information
Tuesday, July 6, 20110 Gainesville, FL
University of Florida officials have notified more than 2,000 adolescent girls that their Social Security numbers or Medicaid identification numbers were mistakenly printed on address labels sent on letters inviting them to take part in a research study.
The letters were mailed May 24 to the parents of the girls seeking their participation in a study about human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccination. After the problem was discovered June 6, UF officials said that they launched an investigation and notified state and federal officials of the breach.
The study was conducted through the UF College of Medicine’s Department of
Epidemiology and Health Policy Research The letters were sent to parents or guardians of girls listed in a statewide database to seek participation. The study included girls ages 11 to 17 who had received the HPV vaccine and a control group of girls ages 9 to 17 who had not been vaccinated.
Jeniece Poole, CIPP, CIPP/G
University of Arizona
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