HIPAA breaches can happen even to the best prepared healthcare organizations, but knowing the most common failings can improve your chances of staying in the good graces of the Office for Civil Rights.
A California hospital was trying to do the right thing when it set up a video camera to catch drug diversion, but it may have ended up violating patient privacy when the cameras recorded patient care and explicit images.
Staff determined a violent crime had been committed on the client’s premises
February 24, 2016
The typical requests for patient information are easy to understand for compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, but staff members will face unusual situations that test their confidence and prompt them to play it safe by not disclosing.
To prevent potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, “we need to, first, cultivate a culture of privacy within the patient access staff,” says Julie Johnson, CHAM, FHAM, director of patient access and Health Information Management and HIPAA privacy officer at Mount Graham Regional Medical Center in Safford, AZ.