Confidence in Confidentiality

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Running Head: Confidence in Confidentiality

Ashley Cox
Confidence in Confidentiality
HCS 335
October 3, 2011

An interesting article about medical confidentiality for patients strikes the attention of many more patients in the waiting room of Doctor Zains office. The article was in a column of the poplar waiting room magazine called, Counselor”. The magazine is said to be for the addiction type professionals. The article that seemed to get the most attention from patients is called “Confidence in Confidentiality. The article talks about the privacy act for patients which is known as HIPPA, confidentiality regulations, and also briefly talks about different types of patient confidentiality situation. Confidential information is a main concern among patients; it is their medical information which is at stake here in their minds, but is that all that is at stake?

The confidentiality privacy act is known as HIPAA, which is the Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. This act was passed by congress to improve portability and continuity of health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets, to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in health insurance and health care delivery, to reduce costs and the administrative burdens of health care by improving efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system by standardizing the interchange of electronic data for specified administrative and financial transactions, To ensure protecting the privacy of Americans’ personal health records by protecting the security and confidentiality of health care information and to ensure protecting the privacy of
Americans’ personal health records by protecting the security and confidentiality of health care information (Ramick, 2011).

The main point of creating the HIPAA act is to insure patient privacy and the…...

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