Running head: CONFIDENTIALITY & PRIVACY RULE 1 Confidentiality in the Health Care Industry Maribel Lozano Kaplan University HS101: Medical Law & Bioethics Angela Ask December 28, 2017
CONFIDENTIALITY & PRIVACY RULE 2 Confidentiality in the Health Care Industry 1. Under HIPAA, are you legally allowed to view this patient’s medical information? Why or why not? Yes, I believe as the patient’s healthcare provider I would legally be able to view the patient’s medical information under HIPAA, and since the patient has a signed HIPAA release of information (ROI) form in their file. A Release of information (ROI) in healthcare is critical to the quality of the continuity of care provided to the patient. (AHIMA, November 2008). As a healthcare professional, I must, keep their medical information confidential and I will not share it with anyone else that is not permitted, (Caldwell & Connor, 2014 page 61). The law states that your medical records can be seen by anyone, only if needed to, to provide you with important treatments, or to assist with facilitation of payments for medical care services and to be certain that your receiving quality care. 2. In this case, how would you be able to correct your error and provide the missing documents and instructions to the patient while still protecting patient confidentiality under HIPAA? As the provider, I will need to proceed very carefully, and not allow a breach or violation of confidentiality to occur (Caldwell & Connor, 2014 page 62). I will be able to correct this error and provide the missing document and instructions to the patient by, calling him on the phone, and if I can’t get ahold of the patient, then I will have to, leave a brief and specific voice mail with information the patient will need to call me back. I will leave my full name, reason for calling, and the name of the facility that is calling.
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