Confidentiality

What is HIPPA and PSQIA?

Privacy and security are major public concerns. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA) Patient Safety 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 legislation is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of personal health information needed for patient care and other important purposes.

How we protect your privacy:

We have developed policies and procedures for the implementation of these Rules. Our goals are to:

Improve the efficiency of the healthcare system by standardizing and streamlining the exchange of private health information between providers, insurers, and health care managers.

Limit the kinds of information insurers or claim managers can request or receive in order to process claims. For example, the content of counseling or therapy sessions will no longer be disclosed under the new law.

Expand patient’s rights to access their records and know to whom their records are being disclosed.

Require health care organizations to provide rigorous security and privacy standards for safeguarding private health information and preventing unauthorized access to it.

Make the security and privacy of private health information a matter of federal law, and to provide for financial penalties for rule violations.

Resource: HIPPA Privacy, 2009. Website: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html

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