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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Protects health insurance coverage, improve access to care Ensures the privacy of healthcare information.

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2 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Protects health insurance coverage, improve access to care Ensures the privacy of healthcare information Restricts the use and disclosure of healthcare information

3  ARRA – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: HITECH – Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act New Breach Notification Rules Applies to covered entities and business associates Intent is to promote health information technology with increased privacy and security Increases penalties for violations “HIPAA on Steroids” 3

4  PHI is Protected Health Information: Health information is any information whether oral, written or electronic, regarding a patient Information can be related to past, present, or future physical or mental health conditions

5 ● Address ● Biometric Identifiers ● Full Face Photo ● Any other Unique Identifying No., Characteristic or Code Names All Dates (birth, death, admission, discharge) Numbers: Social Security No. Medical Record No. Account No. Encounter No. Phone/Fax Numbers Health Plan No. Vehicle Identification No./License Plate No.

6  A breach is an unauthorized acquisition, access, use, or disclosure of unsecured PHI which compromises the privacy, security, or integrity of the PHI  PHI is unsecured if it is NOT encrypted or rendered unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable to unauthorized individuals 6

7  Students/faculty accessing medical records for information on friends or family members out of curiosity/without a business-related purpose  Student/faculty access to the medical record of a celebrity who is treated at any facility  Stolen/lost laptop or PDA containing unsecured PHI  Posting of patient’s PHI on social media site by student/faculty  Misdirected containing PHI to an external group list  Lost flashdrive containing database of patients participating in a clinical study 7

8  Some HIPAA sensitive student service areas might include: Lobby information desks Family waiting rooms Patient care areas Clerical/office support

9  HIPAA rules apply to PHI: When you use it When you disclose it When you store it When you see it on your computer When you share it with another provider When it is lying on your desk When you are talking about it in any public area When you are talking about it over the phone

10  Incidental Use and Disclosure covers communication needed to provide effective patient care, such as: Whiteboards at nurses stations Doctors conferring with patients’ families Waiting room sign-in sheets Patient charts at bedside

11  Printed or electronic information left in public view  PHI in regular trash  Records accessed without a “need to know”  Unauthorized individuals hearing sensitive patient information such as diagnosis or treatment  Patient’s charts left on counters  Incorrect phone number when sending a fax  Laptop or PDA unattended/lost/stolen  Sending PHI outside of hospital system without encryption  Not signing off, sharing passwords

12  Access to confidential patient information is allowed if you follow the simple “NEED TO KNOW” rule: If you need to see patient information to perform your job, access to this information is OK If you do not “need to know” confidential information to perform your job, you are NOT permitted to access it If you access confidential patient information, even your own or that of a family member, you can be subject to corrective action, including termination or dismissal from an educational program

13  Written notice provided to all patients: Describes patient rights Details PHI uses and disclosures States how PHI is maintained  Posted in prominent locations

14  If a patient is asked for by their first and last name, The caller will be transferred to the patient’s location and the patient’s general condition may only be provided by Clinical Staff only if the patient is unable to communicate  Unless the patient has opted out of the directory  A patient may “opt out” of the patient directory and appear as a “Confidential Patient”  In addition, a notification will appear on the computer screen indicating you are attempting to access a confidential patient and your activities will be monitored and actions taken if inappropriate  These patients will not receive mail, phone calls, flowers, or visitors as we cannot confirm or deny the patient is in the facility

15  Because social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, enable people to easily and instantly share information with friends, family and others around the world, we all must remember to protect patient information  Even the smallest amount of information that could possibly identify a patient may not be shared

16  Wisconsin – a patient was brought into the ER where 2 RN’s, independently, took cell phone photos of the patient’s body part. One of the RN’s posted it on her Facebook page. Both RN’s were fired. The FBI is investigating this case for HIPAA violations.  Washington – Two certified nurses assistants and an LVN were fired from their positions for taking cell phone photos of nude nursing home residents, most of whom had dementia. These individuals have also put the nursing facility in jeopardy of losing their Medicare/Medicaid funding.

17  C ell phone use can represent a security and privacy risk: Most cell phones have cameras and there is a privacy concern that pictures will be taken of patients or patient information Text messaging is not secure and represents a security risk if the text message includes PHI

18  Protecting the confidential health information of patients is the responsibility of everyone involved  Be sensitive to confidential information  Think before you talk about patient-specific information  Keep information to yourself if you see or overhear PHI  Elevators, hallways, cafeterias, gift shops or other common areas are not appropriate places to share PHI

19 Hospitals must protect the information we collect on patients and their care Assure proper disposal of PHI by placing in secure containers for future shredding:  Examples: Surgery Schedules Daily Patient Census NOTE: Students are not allowed to print PHI at any of the hospital

20  ALWAYS log off or lock your computer whenever you leave your workstation  Use a password protected screensaver as an additional safeguard  Lock office doors when you’re going to be away from your workstation for long periods of time Safeguard Workstations You are responsible for any activity done with your Logon User ID You are responsible for keeping your password secure NEVER share your Logon ID or password Protect your computer access  User Identification and Passwords:

21  Civil and criminal penalties (hospital and individual)  Exclusion from participation in Medicare programs  Damaged reputation  Place accreditation at risk  Lawsuit for breach of confidentiality

22 Violation CategoryEach ViolationAll such violation of an identical provision in a calendar year Did Not Know$100 - $50,000$1,500,000 Reasonable Cause$1,000 - $50,000$1,500,000 Willful Neglect – Corrected $10,000 - $50,000$1,500,000 Willful Neglect – Not Corrected $50,000$1,500,000

23  For health plans, providers, clearinghouses and business associates that: Knowingly and improperly disclose information Obtain information under false pretenses  Penalties can apply to any ‘person’  Penalties are higher for actions designed to generate monetary gain

24 ActionFinePrison Obtaining/disclosing PHI Up to $50,000Up to 1 year Obtaining PHI under ‘false pretenses’ Up to $100,000Up to 5 years Obtaining/disclosing PHI with the intent to sell, transfer or use it for commercial advantage, personal gain or malicious harm Up to $250,000Up to 10 years

25  Former UCLA Health System employee first person to be sentenced to prison 4/2010: China-licensed cardiothoracic surgeon performing research at UCLA School of Medicine Received notice of intent to terminate Accessed supervisor’s, co-workers’ and celebrities’ medical records – no legitimate reason No attempt to improperly use or sell any information Incarcerated on misdemeanor counts; fined $2,000

26  Individuals committing HIPAA violations can: Lose opportunities to participate in educational programs Lose professional licenses Be subject to criminal conviction Be fined Be subject to civil suit  HIPAA violations can ruin careers

27  HIPAA and IS Intranet sites  Policies and Procedures  Hotline: St. David’s Corporate Ethics Hot Line:  St. David’s HealthCare Margie Novak, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center ( ) and St. David’s Medical Center / Georgetown Campus ( ) Chelsea Martel, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center ( ) Cynthia Colovas, St. Davids Medical Center ( ) and St. David’s North Austin Medical Center ( )

28 Complete the following test and return test to the facility. Please choose the best answer. What would you do? Name: ____________________ 1. You are reading mail to a patient with vision problems. The patient’s doctor was just in the room talking with the patient about a new diagnosis of cancer. The patient is crying and is very upset. A visitor walks in and asked you what is going on. You know what just happened…….under HIPAA, would you tell the visitor? A. The patient just has been diagnosed with cancer and is upset B. Unable to discuss patient information with the visitor C. Don’t know 2. The doctor was making rounds and was paged. The doctor left the patient’s medical record on the patient’s bedside table. The patient asks you to hand him his record. What would you do? A. Hand the patient his record. B. Leave the room. C. Explain that you would get the nurse and take the record. D. Pretend you didn’t hear the question.

29 3. A nurse asks you to dispose of some old laboratory reports that fall under the category of PHI. Where is the correct place, under HIPAA Privacy, to dispose of them? A. Red trash bin B. Regular trash C. Locked shred bin 4. Your best friend’s grandmother is in the hospital on the unit where you are observing. You overhear two nurses discussing the grandmother’s condition. Should you tell your friend what you overheard when you are in the cafeteria having lunch? A. Just tell her a little bit – not the bad things. B. No – it is against HIPAA Privacy C. Yes – it’s OK D. Don’t know 5. Name three consequences if HIPAA Privacy has been breached by an individual: A. ________________________________________ B. ________________________________________ C. ________________________________________ Name: __________________________


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