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Health Insurance and Accountability Act

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The HIPAA (Health Insurance and Accountability Act) was designed to safeguard the privacy of medical records. It contains specific guidelines for medical personnel as how to handle and maintain the patient’s medical information. (http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/ understanding/consumers/consumer_summary.pdf) Health care providers are required to provide the patient with a notice of privacy document. “The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides protection of health care information, for consumers by the federal government, held by health care facilities.” (http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/ understanding/index.html). The privacy notice includes information on how to gain access to your medical records and how to get copies. In addition, the privacy notice describes how your medical information may be used or disclosed. (http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/ understanding/consumers/noticepp.html). According to the interview I had with Will Almond, the Pharmacist, he said. “We have to check the customer’s identification and address before we can give them their prescription, unless we can identify them from previous visits.” He explained. “Someone was given the wrong prescription as the name was correct, but the address was not checked. That person went to the address on the prescription and tried to talk them in to suing Walgreens for a HIPAA violation.” The above occurrence is just one example as to the importance of making sure the medical information is handled correctly. There are unrelated circumstances beyond the control of the patient as to the protection of their healthcare information. That is to say, in reference to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website. “Your medical information is beyond your contr... ... middle of paper ... ...educe future incidents. (http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/ summary/privacysummary.pdf) References 1. U.S Department of Health and Human Services, (2003, May). Summary of the hipaa privacy rule. Retrieved from http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/summary/privacysummary.pdf 2. U.S Department of Health and Human Services, (n.d.). Understanding health information privacy. Retrieved from http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/index.html 3. U.S Department of Health and Human Services, (n.d.). Notice of privacy practices. Retrieved from http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers 4. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse / UCAN. (2003, April). Hipaa basics:medical privacy in the electronic age . Retrieved from http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs8a-hipaa.htm#5 5. Almond, W. (personal communication, May 18, 2010)
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