The Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act Essay

1101 Words Aug 17th, 2015 5 Pages
In 1996, United States Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as a way for Americans to continue with health care insurance during a job transition and reduce health care fraud and abuse (California Department of Health Care Services, 2015). Providing health care services at the administrative level, the organization is responsible for protecting the individuals served private information when working with other health care providers and those supporting the individual needs. In this analysis the origins and impact of HIPAA/Private Health Information (PHI) while serving individuals with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities will be discussed, along with Bardach’s eightfold process of HIPPA/PHI and confidentiality, and how HIPPA/PHI and confidentiality affect individuals at the organization/community mental health (CMH), county, and State levels.
Origin and Impact Prior to Congress enacting HIPAA, patient’s information was distributed to any organization or individual requesting the documents without needing the person permission. Lenders were able to access patients medical records then deny their application for a home mortgage, credit card, and in decision making within human resources (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2006). Individual’s civil rights were being violated without ever seeking permission to view their personal medical history. On March 18, 1996, Bill Archer (R), introduced the Health Insurance…

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