HIPAA - to ensure they are constantly protecting employee...

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For health information, the national standards for a health organization such as an insurance company falls under jurisdiction of HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 protects an individual’s health information by regulating how a company collect and disclose health information that is protected. HIPAA is considered to be federal protection for personal health information but at the same time permits disclosure of information for patient and medical care to function efficiently. HIPAA protects information that doctors and healthcare providers put in the medical record as well as conversations the doctor has discussed with you as well as billing information from the clinic. Under HIPAA, the health care provider is not permitted to share information with employers. However, the burden for the employer is the careful maintenance of HIPAA
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Unformatted text preview: to ensure they are constantly protecting employee rights. Employers must follow detailed rules about the internal disclosure of employee health information from the group health plan, be updated and implementing new federal rules about employee rights. Employers are also responsible for implementing other administrative requirements such as written policies, workforce training, designation of privacy officials, distribution of privacy practices and compliance with rules for electronic transactions. I do believe that protection for employees justify the burdens placed on the employer. The employees have the right to protecting their information from unscrupulous marketing or intrusion. The employers are also employees as well and should appreciate their own privacy within the scope of HIPAA....
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