Case Management

Back to school: Brush up on HIPAA rules

Case Management Monthly, September 1, 2011

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September has always been synonymous with students returning to the classroom. While that may not be reason enough to review the Health Insurance ­Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, a more compelling reason to dust off the HIPAA education materials might be the government's increase in enforcement efforts (see "HIPAA and HITECH: Facts you should know" on p. 5).

Regardless of the reason, be sure to set time aside for HIPAA refreshers, such as the HIPAA pop quiz on p. 6. Also consider the following ways HIPAA rules affect case management, discharge planning, and utilization review to make sure your department doesn't get called into the principal's office.

HIPAA was really designed to establish rules to ensure that healthcare information could be shared across the industry, explained Frank ­Bellamy, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACM, director of utilization management at Shands at the University of Florida in Gainsville, during an April 10 presentation at the American Case Management Association National ­Conference in Orlando, FL.

"Along with that, it said a few things about healthcare privacy," Bellamy added.

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