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Unformatted text preview: Lorraine Huff Unit 2 Discussion Board September 6, 2009 The Privacy Rule provides federal protections for personal health information held by covered entities and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. At the same time, the Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of personal health information needed for patient care and other important purposes. Anyone can ask to see and get a copy of thier medical record and other health information. Doctors, nurses, pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and many other health care providers must follow the Privacy Rule. The Security Rule is a key part of HIPAA -- federal legislation that was passed into law in August 1996. The overall purpose of the act is to enable better access to health insurance, reduce fraud and abuse, and lower the overall cost of health care in the United States. The rule applies to electronic protected health information (EPHI), which is individually identifiable health...
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