HCR220 Final Project

HCR220 Final Project - How HIPAA Violations Affect the...

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How HIPAA Violations Affect the Medical Billing Process By Candace Terrell April 3, 2011 HCR 220 There are a large amount of people in this world that suffer from all types of different diseases. However, the HIV and AIDS epidemic seems to be on the rise and fast. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that can eventually lead to or cause Aids (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). These viruses can be fatal when not treated properly. There are only two reasons a person would not be able to treat these viruses: one is the cost of treatment and the other is privacy. The cost to help ease the pain and the symptoms of these viruses is astronomical. Unless one is well-off financially, it would be a struggle to be able to maintain the medical routine associated with the viruses. Privacy can be an even bigger problem as well. Before there were strict
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HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) guidelines, people were exposing patients and their diseases to undisclosed persons. When things like that happen, it not only ruins the persons chances of getting help, but it also ruins one’s life in a sense. Once a patient is positively diagnosed with either of these diseases, they may have a number of different emotions; anywhere from shame, anger, fear and even denial. One might also begin to think about ramifications such as social, legal and ethical issues. When it comes down to someone being diagnosed with either disease, there can be many problems associated with it outside of the medical environment. Although it is illegal for one to be fired from their job simply for being sick, it happens quite often. Friends or associates might try to distance themselves from the patient, causing them to withdraw from society altogether. Although a person might have to go through all of these misfortunes in their personal lives, HIV and AIDS are diseases that should never go untreated. In today’s society, people are more afraid of HIV than they are of the thought of a war. This might be the case due to people having a better understanding of why the war happened opposed to the facts about the disease. There is so much information available to the public about this disease and yet so many are afraid to be associated with it in fear of getting to close to someone who is infected. The world in general has a negative frame of mind and thought process. Many people think that the only
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course HCR 220 taught by Professor Cvibanez during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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