Reflections On HIPAA Regulations

37. If you have gone to a doctor’s appointment within the last 20 years, you have likely signed a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) form. HIPAA protects a patient’s mental and physical health information and allows the patient access to records. Under the law, the patient can also distribute those records to other parties. As with mandated reporting, there are exceptions to the HIPAA protection, such as in cases of abuse or public health threats.
you learn more about HIPAA regulations and reflect on your exposure to HIPAA as a patient.
watch the Southside Community Services video listed in this week’s Learning Resources and reflect on how HIPAA informs the interaction between the social worker and the client.
Reflection
Identify two HIPAA regulations for health care providers.
Describe a time when you have signed a form related to HIPAA (e.g., doctor’s office)
Reflect on your knowledge as the consumer on the regulations of HIPAA and how your provider explained your rights. Explain whether or not your provider adequately informed you of your rights?
Explain how HIPAA supports or doesn’t support the NASW Code of Ethics (2008).
https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/index.html
Cummins, L., K., & Sevel, J., A. (2017). Social work skills for beginning direct practice: Text, workbook, and interactive web based case studies (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Appendix B, “HIPAA and Confidentiality Issues” (pp. 299-303)
must be 2-3 pages and have reference page

The HIPAA Act of 1996 required for the secretary of the United States Department of Human and health Services (HHS) make regulations to ensure the privacy of patient records (Mbonihankuye and others. 2019,). 1 HHS created regulations such as the HIPAA Privacy Regulation and Security Rule Rule to meet the requirement. National guidelines for the protection of certain types of health data are formulated by the Privacy Rule commonly referred to by the term “Requirements” for Confidentiality of Patients’ Information. For certain types of health data that are stored or transmitted electronically and electronically, it is the Security Rules for the Preservation of Electronic Shielded Health Information establish a national set of security guidelines. The entities that are referred to as covered are responsible for making sure that their clients (ePHI) according to the rules stipulated within the Privacy Act (e-PHI). The OCR is charged with applying security and privacy rules within HHS. Security and Privacy Rules inside HHS via civil penalties and other measures that encourage voluntary conformity with the regulations (Obeng Paul and Obeng 2019,). When I was recently diagnosed with depression disorder and wanted my family not to be informed I filled out the HIPAA form to safeguard their privacy. Cont…

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