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Patient records and maintenance

Question Description

  1. Identify and explain what HIPAA covers and the penalties for noncompliance. Who is subject to HIPAA requirements? 200 words
    1. many different forms for patient records and maintenance. How does the development of new technologies impact patient privacy? Provide specific examples and identify potential problems with health informatics. 200 words
    2. You are returning to your office from lunch, and you pass by the nurses’ station on the floor. When you get a little closer, you notice that there are a lot of people staring at some information on the screen. When you ask them what is going on, one of the nurses tells you that John Morris, a heartthrob celebrity, is staying in the hospital for treatment. None of the nurses looking at his records are actually treating this patient. None of the nurses are going to sell or leak the information, but they were just curious about his medical history.

      Is this still an example of a breach of patient confidentiality? Why, or why not? How would you handle this situation? What, if any, laws have been broken in this incident? Your best answer will include any valid defense that could be raised by the nurses. 200 words
    3. Question 4
      1. A patient of the medical practice where you work is demanding his original x-ray films. You, as the receptionist, have explained to him that you can send them to another provider and give him a copy of the paper report that explains the results of the x-rays, but you cannot give him the original films. The patient is getting angry and demands you give him the actual films. He tells you, “They are mine; I paid for them.”

        What do you tell the patient? Is he correct? Who actually owns these types of medical records?

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