Running head: POLICY EVALUATION WORKSHEET 1 Policy Evaluation Worksheet Health Care Policy / HCS 550 September 26, 2016
POLICY EVALUATION WORKSHEET 2 Policy Evaluation Worksheet Through the years various policies have been developed to improve the lives of the United States citizens. Although some policies proved more useful than others luckily some of these policies have addressed critical issues that affected many of American citizens. The Health Insurance and Portability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is one of those policies, which has had an impact in the healthcare sector. Below is a detailed analysis of how HIPAA has influenced the lives and process of healthcare and the American people. The use of electronic health records assists in the sharing of medical information assists in reporting and controlling emergencies, responding to outbreaks, and the communication of health information ("Federal public health laws supporting data use and sharing," 2015). Part One Give an overview of the policy you selected, including what factors led to its development and when the policy was implemented. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was ratified in the year 1996. The act is composed of various parts; HIPAA Tittle I, which was developed with the aim of ensuring that a patient's health record was kept with utmost secrecy and well maintained to avoid loss of information or critical health information falling into the wrong hands (Gregg, D'Agostino & Toledo, 2006). HIPAA Title II was formed with the purpose of assisting individuals in maintaining his or her health care coverage while in between employment ("Answer," 2000). The implementation of this law had a dual purpose; which was needed to ensure that there was a process in place to assist people in maintaining their existing health coverage between jobs. In 1996 there were no laws in place to regulate the privacy of a patient's health information. Additionally, with the increased use of electronic transmission of medical
POLICY EVALUATION WORKSHEET 3 information increased the risk of individual's health information being compromised ("The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act," n.d.). The use of the electronic health record helps to improve the population of the U.S. because it facilitates the sharing of medical records between physicians and medical facilities, thus if an individual cannot assist in providing the needed information in an emergency situation this sharing of information will provide what the doctors need. Describe the purpose of the policy. If possible, use language in the policy itself to describe the purpose. Congress realized that there was a need to create Federal standards to ensure the security of electronic protected health information (e-PHI) ("Answer," 2000). Additionally, the goal of the Security Rule is to make certain that all covered entity implements the necessary safeguards to ensure the protection of confidentiality, integrity, and also the availability of protecting electronic health information ("Answer," 2000). Additionally, with the continual use of electronic
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