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HCR210 Week 8 Assignment - The Health insurance portability...

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The Health insurance portability and accountability act HIPAA which is a group of regulations working against abuse and fraud in health insurance and the delivery of health care. The group was established by the U.S. Congress in 1996 and made effective July 1, 1997. HIPAA’s purpose also includes providing the continuation of health insurance coverage, improving the health care system’s effectiveness and efficiency, and delivering consequences for organizations and individuals who do not comply with HIPAA regulations (Highmark, 2007). Different agencies and representatives can request, without or with a patients’ consent. A patients’ protected health information is known as (PHI). Protected health information or PHI is any information connected to an individual and includes name, telephone number, address, and date of birth, social security number, name of employer, and/or Medicaid identification number (Green & Bowie, 2005). Many situations arise when the government has the right to an individual’s medical records or has a legal obligation to those records. For example, all state agencies are required to keep records of births and deaths. These agencies also keep other registries. Some of the other registries are of people who have received a diagnosis of a serious illness like cancer. Disclosures of such information to the government typically do not require an individual’s authorization (Highmark, 2007).
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