Why do we need to protect phi its the law to protect

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WHY DO WE NEED TO PROTECT PHI? It’s the law.To protect our reputation.To avoid potential withholding of federal Medicaid and Medicare funds.To build trust between providers and patients.
TYPES OF PRIVACY VIOLATIONSType I -- Inadvertent or Unintentional DisclosureInadvertent, unintentional or negligent act which violates policy and which may or may not result in PHI being disclosed. Disciplinary action for a Type I disclosure will typically be a verbal warning, re-education, and review and signing of the Confidentiality Agreement. However, disciplinary action is determined with the collaboration of the Privacy Officer, Director of Human Resources and the department manager. Type II – Intentional DisclosureIntentional act which violates the organization’s policies pertaining to that PHI which may or may not result in actual harm to the patient or personal gain to the employee.Breach notification processes will be followed as described in the Breach Notification Policy.
HOW DO PRIVACY VIOLATIONS HAPPEN?Fax Document to Wrong Location“Hello, this is Concentra Care on Stark Street, did you mean to fax me this lab result for Jane Doe?” Enter Incorrect Medical Record Number“I guess I was just typing too fast.”Forgetting to Verify Patient Identity“There were seven patients with the name Susan Smith. I should have confirmed her date of birth.”
WHAT IS CONFIDENTIALITY?Confidentiality means that we promise to keep all client information a secret, unless we are given permission to disclose specific information to others or receive information from others.Client information can be shred between two agencies using assigned EHR systems.Confidentiality is a protection fro all clients. WE are showing respect to our patients by abiding by government confidentiality laws and regulations.

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