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PROTECTING A PATIENTS PRIVACY Laura Hollis Week 2 April 14, 2016
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Protecting a Patients Privacy Confidentiality is a very important role in the Medical Office. The Medical Office deals with many patients in a day. Some patients may have very sensitive medical diagnosis. In the next two paragraphs I will explain the definition and ways to protect a patient’s privacy. Confidentiality is defined as “the state of treating privately or secretly, and not disclosing to other individuals or for public knowledge, the patients conversations or medical records.” (FORDNEY, 2014) What you may see or hear is for the office. Not to be discussed with no other person but the doctor and the patient. Some ways to protect a patient privacy is if you are on a computer make sure other patients cannot see the screen and if using a shared computer make sure to log out of your name. Another way
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Unformatted text preview: or close the glass separaTng the waiTng room ²rom the recepTon area and speak in a low clear voice. Also, when making copies make sure you get the original and replace it back in its fle. ProtecTng a paTent’s health in²ormaTon is not just ²or moral standards but it is the law. Disclosing a paTent’s in²ormaTon could result in fnes and imprisonment. ±he in²ormaTon in a paTents fle is legal documents. It is your responsibility as a Billing and Coder to uphold these standards. “What I may see or hear in the course o² the treatment or even outside o² the treatment in the regard to the li²e o² men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to mysel² holding such things shame²ul to be spoken about.” (HIPPOCRA±ES, 400 B.C.)...
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