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Electronic Medical Record & HIPAA Violations

Nurses must prevent individuals without the need to know from accessing protected information.

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Learning Scope #340
1 contact hour
Expires Aug. 30, 2012

You can earn 1 contact hour of continuing education credit in three ways: 1) Grade and certificate are available immediately after taking the online test. 2) Send the answer sheet (or a photocopy) to ADVANCE for Nurses, Learning Scope, 2900 Horizon Dr., King of Prussia, PA 19406. 3) Fax the answer sheet to 610-278-1426. If faxing or mailing, allow 30 days to receive certificate or notice of failure. A certificate of credit will be awarded to participants who achieve a passing grade of 70 percent or better.

Merion Publications Inc. is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (No. 221-3-O-09), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Merion Publications Inc. is also approved as a provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (No. 13230) and by the Florida Board of Nursing (No. 3298).

The goal of this CE offering is to provide nurses with information about electronic medical record and HIPAA violations. After reading this article, you will be able to:

1. Discuss HIPAA regulations that affect nursing practice.
2. Identify negligent and purposeful HIPAA regulation.
3. Describe nursing responsibilities to protect patient privacy with the use of electronic medical records.This CE offering expires August 30, 2012

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in 1996. The guidelines were implemented for most facilities on April 14, 2003. Smaller organizations had until April 14, 2004, to comply. HIPAA regulations were designed to protect individuals' rights to privacy and confidentiality while ensuring the security of electronic transfer of personal information.

Since 1996, the law has grown, including implementation of punitive actions against violators and enforcement methods. Some violations are unintended actions by healthcare providers who fail to realize the risk of their actions. Other violations are intentional and malicious in nature. This article is designed to give nurses an overview of HIPAA, protected health information (PHI) and potential consequences of HIPAA violations.

What objectives do the privacy regulations accomplish for patients? HIPAA was designed to give patients more control over their health information. It also was created to set boundaries on the use and disclosure of health records, establish safeguards for all people involved in the provision of healthcare to ensure they honor patients' rights to privacy of their PHI, and hold violators accountable through civil and criminal penalties.

Let's talk about HIPAA terms.

• PHI is any data about the patient that would tend to identify the patient, such as Social Security number, name, address, phone number, date of birth, e-mail address, account number, hospital medical record number, diagnoses, test results, photos, etc.

• A covered entity includes any health plan, healthcare provider, agency that processes claims and any company that serves as a subcontractor.

• An AOD is an accounting of disclosure, which each patient has a right to for his PHI.

There may be other terms that agencies use to communicate their HIPAA policies so you will need to be aware and educate staff to comply with HIPAA regulations.

Electronic Medical Record & HIPAA Violations

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