This lesson is the fourth of four lessons from the project, "The Absolute "YES" and "NO" in caring for patients". In this lesson plan, students will explore the extended correlation between patient's privacy and its impact on the legal, health, and economic aspects. Students will be exposed to clinical scenarios and critical thinking skills to value the importance of protecting each patient's privacy.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule establishes Federal protections for patient's health information by placing some limits on how it may be used and shared. Patients play an important role in controlling who has access to their health information in many situations. Maintaining patient's privacy and security begins when the patient arrives for their appointment, and throughout the entire visit.
In order for the medical practice to make an effort to comply with this regulation, below are some of the Medical practices' responsibilities:
In summary, HIPAA has three main “rules," or sets of regulations, that specify how regulated organizations need to operate and handle PHI. They are: 1). The Privacy Rule; 2). The Security Rule; 3). The Breach Notification Rule. The students will be required to dig down deep about each of these rules throughout this lesson plan.