New research shows that despite regulations that emphasize free access to personal health data, providers aren’t always listening.
A Veterans Administration nurse who reported neglectful care at her facility to her lawyer says she was put on suspension and demoted for violating patient privacy protocols. Recent HITECH-HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule protections for healthcare whistleblowers, however, could strengthen the nurse’s defense.
The HITECH-HIPAA Final Rule has changed the way healthcare organizations do business, and those with seats in the C-suite can’t afford to stay out of the weeds with the new regulations.
Two recent high court rulings have added protections for corporate whistleblowers, including healthcare workers, to encourage reporting of fraudulent practices and poor patient care.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is holding a contest to help make digital versions of Notices of Privacy Practices more accessible and easily understood for consumers.