In compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, insurers and healthcare providers must supply all patients with notices explaining mandatory privacy practices, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services states. Facilities that store medical records must enact safeguards, such as network security software, to prevent tampering.Continue Reading
Healthcare facilities use privacy notices to inform patients how confidential medical records are shared and which entities are authorized to access them, according to the Department of Health & Human Services. Providers must also make a verifiable effort to notify patients of their privacy rights, which typically involves posting clearly labeled notices on company websites and inside facilities. To make sure each patient is aware of the policies, healthcare providers are required to pursue written confirmation that patients received and understood the privacy rights notice. While it isn?t mandatory for patients to sign the notice, providers can still verify their compliance by including documentation of refusals in patients? records.
To comply with the security rule, healthcare facilities establish policies that physically limit unauthorized access to patient records and prevent electronic intrusion, the Department of Health & Human Services explains. For example, businesses must designate employees who are responsible for overseeing data protection, provide any necessary workforce training to educate staff on security policies and perform periodic evaluations to make sure security policies are consistently effective.Learn more about Health Insurance