Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HIPAA security officers are trained in all HIPAA regulations and protocols and take an oath to uphold HIPAA regulations and report any deviations to the Department of Health Read more: HIPAA Security Officer Responsibilities | eHow. com http://www. ehow. com/list_6784702_hipaa-security-officer-responsibilities. html#ixzz2GC0xnucb HIPAA security officers are trained in all HIPAA regulations and protocols and take an oath to uphold HIPAA regulations and report any deviations to the Department of Health Read more: HIPAA Security Officer Responsibilities | eHow.

com http://www. ehow. com/list_6784702_hipaa-security-officer-responsibilities. html#ixzz2GC0xnucb HIPAA security officers typically work within medical institutions and private practices to ensure that the Health Insurance What is HIPPA? HIPPA are the acronyms for the law enacted by Congress in l996 called “Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act. ” It was enacted to establish a national framework for Security Standards and Protections for confidentiality with regard to Healthcare Records. HIPPA regulations are organization into three primary areas:

Administrative Simplification: These are regulations that have been enacted to create a uniform standard for the electronic transmission of health information. Security: These regulations require providers and anyone else who maintain health information to maintain the security and integrity of individually identifiable health records. Privacy: These regulations set forth the rules for the uses and disclosures of individually identifiable health information by the providers and others. Who Enforces HIPPA? The Office for Civil Rights, (OCR) enforces the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

How is HIPPA Enforced? HIPPA is enforced in three ways. By Investigating complaints filed with it. By Conducting compliance reviews to determine if covered entities are in compliance. By performing education and outreaches to foster compliance with the Rules requirements. OCR also works with the Department of Justice to refer possible criminal violations of HIPPA. What is a HIPPA Office? HIPPA officers usually work in Medical Institutions and Private Practices to ensure that the HIPPA policies are being upheld and carried out. A HIPPA officer takes an Oath to uphold regulations and report any deviations to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Case #1 Facebook and HIPPA My first Cited case was one that I found to be truly disturbing. The story takes place in Chicago and tells the story of a Nurse named Christie Zdzinicki, and a patient named Mr. Cornstalk. Christie worked at a Chicago hospital. A man by the name of Mr. Cornstalk was a regular patient there. He was a Native American who was homeless and an alcoholic. He was often taken to the hospital often by Emergency Medical Staff largely due to his lifestyle and circumstances. Many medical staff became familiar with him due to his frequent hospital stays.

The shocking part of the story begins when Christie creating a Facebook group called, “Did you know this alcoholic Indian? ” The group had some 600 members including policeman, firefighters and EMT’s. There were pictures posted of the patient clearly in a hospital bed, wearing a hospital gown and cardiac monitors with a Santa Hat. Some commented, “That was my screen saver”. The patient passed away in 2006. Many of those involved attended his funeral.

Whether they had ill intentions or not they clearly violated HIPPA and Ethical conduct by carelessly amusing themselves with this persons poor circumstances. Facebook removed the pages but “Natives Against Racism”, saved the pages. This is the legacy this nurse has leaves behind. Case # 2 Hollywood and HIPPA October 10, 2007 27 Suspended after George Clooney HIPPA Breach George Clooney and Sarah Larson were motorcycle riding when they collided with a car in Weehawken, New Jersey. They were taken to the Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen New Jersey.

Clooney had broken his rib and had skin abrasions and Sarah broke her foot. Spokesman Eurice Rojas said that 27 employees have been suspended for one month without pay for accessing the health records of Mr. Clooney, a violation of the Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act. Case # 3 Surgeon faces jail time for HIPPA Violation Huping Zhou, a licensed Cardiothoracic Surgeon employed at the UCLA School of Medicine as a researcher in 2003 was sentenced to Jail time for HIPPA violation. The sentencing was late in April and jail time is set at four months. The Surgeon pleaded guilty to charges relating to looking at a patients medical records.

Apparently he had no valid reason for this his inquisition. The case appears to be the first in the nation of it’s kind and serves as a warning to all healthcare professionals. Healthcare organizations and their employees cant afford to be complacent about privacy of patients’ electronic data. http://www. kevinmd. com/blog/2011/06/7-tips-avoid-hipaa-violations-social-media. html http://nativesagainstracism. weebly. com/index. html http://www. principlelogic. com/docs/Sample_HIPAA_Security_Officer_Job_Description. pdf http://www. hhs. gov/ocr/privacy/