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HIPAA ethical and legal Issues

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HIPAA Medical and Legal Issues

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Medical Ethical and Legal Issues




Management of Healthcare Organizations

September 06, 2012


As the manager of the Medical Records departments, from the ‘Va. Of Med Central Health Systems,’ we have some very serious Ethical issues, to address at an all staff meeting. And also to bring it to our attention, do discuss how to make new changes that will benefit everyone, from patients, to staff, to family members and to our HR Managers. We will be identifying, defining, and describing the content of ‘Ethical Issues’ that involves our medical records of our patients’ personal information.

Identify 2 Big ‘Ethical issues,’ here at the ‘Va. Of Med Central Health Systems;’

As with the first issue being, ‘privacyissues,’ involving the patients and staff, and this issue being, privacy, that includes the (HIPAA), act, Health Insurance Portability and accountability Act. (University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, 2012). And this involves an incident, which includes the staff and the patients, being the innocent victim of this situation. Basically speaking, when the staff member A, talks to staff member B, about sharing medical history and concerns, of the mutual Patient, this should not be allowed to happen, in any given medical facility. And if the word is leaked out, about these 2 staff members, conversing personal information, this is grounds for termination.

To define, the HIPAA, Privacy rules act;

HIPAA, was enacted by the United States Congress, and signed by, President Bill Clinton back in 1996. This is an act that involves privacy, of patients’ personal information, every time it is mentioned in a Medical setting. (University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, 2012).

And to describe, HIPAA, Privacy act;

The Title 1 of HIPAA protects the health insurance coverage for their workers and their families’ members who are covered, especially of those employees who lose their jobs.

Then with ‘Title 11’ of HIPAA, that is also known as the administrative simplifications and their provisions, and that is required from their establishments, of the national standards, for the ‘electronic health care’ and (EMR) ‘Electronic Medical Records,’ and its transactions. (University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, 2012). And that nationally indentifies them with other providers of other health care insurance policies and they receive these new policies from their employers. (University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, 2012).

The second ‘Ethical- issue,’ that we need to address, for the ‘VA of Med Central Health Systems is;

As we continue identify, the second ‘ethical issue,’ (EMR) which is ‘Electronic Medical Records,’ what are the possibilities, of the mix up of the patients names, and billing that is being sent, to the wrong patients, this has been a known fact, of recurrences’ that seems to happen to frequently. (Cornell University Law School, 2012). And that the wrong person, receives the wrong billing codes, and are being billed for something, they never got treated for. Is this the computers mistake, or is it the workers behind these computers, who work in the Medical Records departments? This has become, a major, ‘Ethical-issue,’ because it soon opens up other patients medical files, that shouldn’t of been revealed, to other staff members, or patients alike, and as it can cause a possible lawsuit from the involved patients just from lack of attention to their work. (Cornell University Law School, 2012).

So to define the ‘Electronic- Medical Records;’

This type of medical record, is usually done by computers, which is at our local hospitals, and that our physicians plus medical staff uses to help them communicate. ( Longest, B. B., JR., & Darr, K. (2008).As well as the ‘Electronic Medical Records,’ that do tend to be a part of a local’s trends in their daily habits, and it seems to make these physicians life a lot easier, and allows them to spend more time, with their patients, as the (EMR) stands alone, in their health care field, and it most of the time records, can be saved, of all the patient’s medical history, in a very safe and secure filing system, that can be stored, for later use, as long as its left alone, and untouched by other medical staff, just by using a simple password by its user for its protection. (Longest, B. B., JR., & Darr, K. (2008).

Now, let’s describe the (EMR);

One study that helps with the eliminates the ‘electronic medical records,’ would be consistent in helping them continued just by improving their overall performances every day, and that saves them over 50% of any medical errors, as it is constantly being checked on by the same user, and not multiple users, as this could recreate more medical errors, if it’s always allowed to happen by the medical staff on duty regularly. (Longest, B. B., JR., & Darr, K. (2008). This can also decrease the cost of paper work, being filed at the cost of employee’s overtime that seems to be recurring on a daily basis, just because their paper work, is not finished. And this in return saves the Company time, and money. (Medical Records Departments, 2012).


Finally, it is always a good idea, while conducting a staff meeting, such as this one, we must always, analysis to help us come to accurate conclusion. That also, is to be sure not to over code, nor under code, any unwanted patient medical errors. By just abiding by these simple steps, of Identifying, our content of business information, then to define it, and finally to describe our content of ethical information, for a much more improved results, that is being demonstrated to the staff members, for a complete understanding using the EMR, with ease, and to show them our Ethical policies and regulations at the same time.


Cornell University Law School, (2012)., Legal information institute;

University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, (2012)., Privacy/ Data protection project;

Longest, B. B., JR., & Darr, K. (2008). Managing Health Services Organizations and Systems (5th

ed.). Berkeley, CA : Health Professions Press.

Medical Records Department (2012)., retrieved from


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