HIPAA: READ ME FIRSTHealth Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enacted in 1996 as a federal rule under healthcare reform. The main purpose of this act is to improve the healthcare system in terms of privacy or confidentiality and security of health information, to reduce healthcare costs and make administrative process simple and less complex. It also helps people in keeping their health insurance. Health organizations are required to follow HIPAA in term of security and privacy rules. According to the HIPAA Privacy rule, patient’sinformation cannot be given to other people without any consent, and it should be protected in all conditions. While, Security rule ensures the safety of patient’s health information. HIPAA is divided into other different sections that address different issues in the healthcare system and their related healthcare reform. There are two major sections inHIPAA, which focuses on the portability and administrative simplification. Portability permits people to have their health insurance while changing their work from one job to other, so they have coverage all the time. Under administrative simplification section, it provides regulations and standards for receiving, processing, transferring, and upholding health information. It also ensures security and privacy of health information. Under the HIPAA, the electronic data necessities were done to inspire the healthcare system to use electronic system instead of the manual system in handling and transmitting health information. This helps in reducing costs, improving privacy and security, and also it lowers the chances of error (HHS.gov, n.d.). References:HHS.gov. (n.d.). Health information privacy. Retrieved from BOOK: Ethics in Health AdministrationChap: 5 Accountability:There are list of agencies that make sure the way healthcare conduct their business such as JCAHO, FDA, AMA, AHA, HIPAA, IOM, large number of managed care organizations (MCOs), etc. including number of state and local agencies. It becomes overwhelming whenwe think about the frightfulness of the accountability. All these organizations and agencies put many standards and regulations to follow. A healthcare administrator (HCA) is required make profit and also required to follow all the requirements and standards put forwarded by all these agencies. Every health care organization works under the microscope of micro and macro level of accountability. Macro level accountability concernswith external regulators including federal, state and local governments. While on micro level, we are accountable to the patients, their families, and all the other staff members who are at higher positions. It is necessary to understand the public view about the healthcare in order to know about the accountability of healthcare professionals. It has been said that there is no business like healthcare business because healthcare has more
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