This slideshow walks patients through a typical release of information request.
Seeking to answer consumer questions on how HIPAA works for them, the Journal speaks with an attorney to explore various issues, from accessing deceased records to processing fee payment.
While HIPAA has clear guidelines about who can and cannot receive information, it is not a one-size-fits-all regulation since it designates much of the decision making to the covered entity’s “professional judgement.”
Social media has changed many aspects of modern social life, from the way we share vacation photos to how we keep up with old classmates. But what about when the HIPAA-protected medical world and the social networks collide?
Even the best informed patient or caregiver can find the complex healthcare system overwhelming. In an effort to help consumers get the most out of their healthcare and engage them within the process, AHIMA has developed a reference guide on how to adequately prepare for a doctor or hospital visit and assess and understand the health records created during care.
Consumers must be on the lookout for signs of an information breach. But if medical identity theft occurs, there are immediate actions consumers and their HIM counterparts should take. The California Department of Justice released a set of five signs your medical information has been breached.