Draw insightful conclusions that are thoroughly defended Write responses that can be easily understood and are clear and concise

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#1. James.
http://www.databreachtoday.com/400000-penalty-in-hipaa-case-a-5782
The article I found discussed the HIPAA non compliance suite for IDAHO state university that potentially exposed over 17,000 patients information. The Firewall was down for maintenance and when re-enabling it the procedure was not done properly resulting in a 10 month security breach. The University hospital did an extensive research to confirm no patient information was taken. The OCR did an extensive investigation to find out Idaho State university hospital had not done risk analysis in 5 years pertaining to accessibility of Patient information. The end result the university has to pay 400,000 dollars. Other companies that have had to pay Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary that included a $1.5 million penalty, and Alaska Department of Health and Social Services paid a $1.7 million settlement.
#2. Meosha,
Lead a discussion on a current event on the subject of HIPAA. Find an article of pertinence and post a link to that article. To begin the discussion, summarize the article you chose. Please post each article in a separate discussion thread, and discuss the article within the appropriate thread.http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/ 2013pres/07/20130711b.html
This article is about the Managed Care Company WellPoint, Inc. They had an investigation on the grounds of WellPoint failed to secure their online application database and in turn it left the electronic protected health information of 612.402 individuals accessible to unauthorized users of the internet. This data included names, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security numbers, telephone numbers and health information.

#3. Lani,
HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) has had a great impact on the protection of patient information. There was a key provision within the act that addressed privacy and security standards that would be put in place to ensure confidentiality of individual identifiable health information.
The HIPAA regulations originally applied to all health plans, Health Care Clearing houses and health Care Providers. These entities are required to engage in agreements with any of their business associates to ensure that those entities protect the privacy of the protected health information (PHI) as well.
There are civil and criminal penalties that can be enforced against entities that violate these statutes. In July 2013, WellPoint Inc. settled a suit with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over a breach of patient information on an unprotected web-portal. This settlement cost WellPoint $1.7M. WellPoint was found to have inadequate policies and procedures for accessing the online database as well as a lack of safeguards to identify who was seeking access of the PHI. WellPoint was also obligated to create policies and procedures to fix these deficits so a breach such as this cannot happen again. WellPoint, Inc. is a large governing entity for many insurance plans.

#4. Kristen,
HIPAA Impact
The Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, also known as the "Privacy Rule", led to the development of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). A full decade as passed since HIPAA was finally in full swing of protecting identifiable patient information and has continued to strengthen and adapt to the evolving market of healthcare and technology. The goal of these implementations are to ensure that patient information is secure, private and protected while allowing for unidentifiable health information to be shared in a database of health data use to promote positive use for the well being and safety of the general public. The impact of HIPAA has resulted in regulations and processes to be strictly in place for healthcare providers, regulations for healthcare vendors, and awareness to patients of their rights and protection. This is a significant impact to healthcare, patient engagement and healthcare advancements. As a vendor in the healthcare industry, I can attest that I under go HIPAA compliance testing regularly even though I do not ever work with patient data – let alone identifiable patient data. This has also made me become more aware of the rules and regulations and I have become more engaged and aware of my rights when receiving any form of health care or speaking with someone in health care. HIPAA empowers patients with the right to access copies of their personal medical records in order to identify errors and request corrections while also protecting patients from having their health care information used for purposes unrelated to health care. With advancements in technologies involved in the implementation of HIPAA, there is increased accountability and transparency by having detailed trails to identify who have accessed and modified information at different levels of access. Additionally, there ability to monetize (for a profit) a patient’s access to information which could limit a patient’s access to their own information. The downside of HIPAA has been the difficulty of applying the standards which has led to varying interpretation that varies and results in inconsistency and even delays in treatments. Finally, a negative impact has been noticed by the barrier HIPAA has created for research by having delays from institutional review board modifications, difficulty of getting de-identified data and subject paperwork and having to work with multi-site studies.
HIPAA Violation Example:
This past June, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) settled an investigation with Shasta Regional Medical Center (SRMC) for HIPAA violations. The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reviewed SRMC’s practices after a Los Angeles Times article stated that two SRMC executives met with the media to “discuss medical services provided to a patient.” The OCR found that SRMC did not properly safeguard the patient’s protected health information (PHI) from December 13, 2011, through December 20, 2011, “from impermissible disclosure by intentionally disclosing PHI to multiple media outlets,” in three separate instances without the patient’s valid written authorization (Freedman, L. and Sylvia, K., 2013). As a result, SRMC is ordered to pay a monetary settlement of $275,000 and to implement a comprehensive corrective action plan (CAP) for potential future violations of HIPAA. OCR Director Leon Rodriguez wants to send the message to all those in the health care industry that the OCR takes these violations very seriously by stating: “When senior level executives intentionally and repeatedly violate HIPAA by disclosing identifiable patient information, OCR will respond quickly and decisively to stop such behavior. Senior leadership helps define the culture of an organization and is responsible for knowing and complying with the HIPAA privacy and security requirements to ensure patients’ rights are fully protected” (Freedman and Sylvia, 2013).
#5. Krystle ,
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted to reduce healthcare costs, simplify administrative processes and burdens and improving the privacy and security of patients. HIPAA regulations enacted are designed to protect all forms of protected health information (PHI) which are defined as individually identifiable health information relating to the past, present or future health conditions of an individual regardless of the form in which it is maintained. The Privacy Rule protects all PHI and deals with the right of an individual to control the use of his/her PHI. The Security Rule defines the standards for safeguarding PHI in its electronic form (ePHI). With the industry moving quickly toward a paperless, all electronic process, the electronic safeguards are becoming more and more imperative.
In April of 2012 the HHS Office of Civil Rights reached a settlement with Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, P.C., of Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona, for a $100,000 fine and an agreement to take corrective action to implement policies and procedures to safeguard the protected health information of its patients. The practice was posting clinical and surgical appointments for patients on a publically accessible, web-based calendar. When the practice’s actions were investigated further, it was found that they had not implemented policies and procedures to safeguard their patient’s PHI and ePHI. This failure to follow HIPAA requirements included a lack of HIPAA training for its employees, no named security officer, and a lack of business associate agreements in place with vendors. Corrective actions taken include a settlement of $100,000 and a review of newly implemented policies and action to bring the practice into compliance.
Education is the key tool in HIPAA compliance. All employees, business associates and healthcare providers need to be well educated in the regulations and what they mean. A lack of training and lack of documented agreements to adhere to these regulations leaves a practice open to hefty fines and penalties. Patient privacy and security should be in the forefront of each person who comes in contact with this information on a daily basis.


 

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