HIPAA provides a number of
protections for patients (PHI – protected health information). After
completing the learning activities for this week, you should be able to
respond to the following hypothetical situation:
You work in a hospital compliance department. A patient who
was recently discharged from the hospital comes into the office to
report that he believes his health information was disclosed to his
employer without his authorization. Assume that he was not hospitalized
for a work-related injury.
Please respond to all of the following prompts:
- What options can you offer him for making a complaint?
- Suppose that the information was disclosed by a nurse
employed by the hospital. What practices should the hospital have in
place for complaint investigation and discipline?
- How would you ensure that private health information of patients could not be accessed by unauthorized individuals?