The United States Department of Health and Human Services provides a database of Frequently Asked Questions for HIPAA-related issues.
In addition, questions and answers for Purdue-related issues follow:
Surveys were conducted University-wide to determine who on campus should be covered by the HIPAA regulations.
To be designated a covered entity, an area must be considered a:
· a health care provider who conducts certain transactions in electronic form
· a health care clearinghouse
· a health plan
There are a set of 8 very specific transactions that must be transmitted by the healthcare provider electronically to qualify them as a covered component.
These are Purdue's covered entities.
The business components are considered an extension of the covered components as they support the transmission of transactions that are generated from the covered entities.
This list will be continuously revised as changes occur in the environment.
Under Indiana law, a parent (including custodial and non-custodial) is entitled to access his/her child's medical records, unless there is a court order barring such disclosure. The dad should sign an authorization form, authorizing the release of the child's records to him and should be told of any fees for sending the information, if any. The father should also provide a copy of the child's birth certificate or decree of divorce to prove that he is the father. The information should be mailed using postal mail, not e-mailed.
This is incorrect. The underwriter needs to have the student sign an authorization to use and disclose.
Make the patient aware that there is a risk that someone else in the household may hear the result. If they are still okay, then leave the message and document that the request was made.
It is best to arrange to talk to the patient at an alternative time or ask the other patient to step out of the office while the discussion is occurring. If it is difficult to make other arrangements to contact the patient and you make a good effort not to divulge personally identifiable information, then it is okay to continue the conversation.