Breaches are commonly associated with human error at the hands of a workforce member. Improper disposal of electronic media devices containing PHI or PII is also a common cause of breaches. Theft and intentional unauthorized access to PHI and PII are also among the most common causes of privacy and security breaches. Another common cause of a breach includes lost or stolen electronic media devices containing PHI and PII such as laptop computers, smartphones and USB storage drives. Lost or stolen paper records containing PHI or PII also are a common cause of breaches.
-To ensure handling conforms to applicable legal, regulatory, and policy requirements regarding privacy
-To determine the risks and effects of collecting, maintaining and disseminating information in identifiable form in an electronic information system
-To examine and evaluate protections and alternative processes
Under HIPAA, a CE is a health plan, a health care clearinghouse, or a health care provider engaged in standard electronic transactions covered by HIPAA.
The three main categories of punishment for violating federal health care laws include: criminal penalties, civil money penalties, and sanctions.
-Implemented the minimum necessary standard
– Established appropriate administrative safeguards
– Established appropriate physical and technical safeguards
You can help prevent a breach by accessing only the minimum amount of PHI/PII necessary and by promptly retrieving documents containing PHI/PII from the printer. You should always logoff or lock your workstation when it is unattended for any length of time.
Social Security Number; DoD identification number; home address; home telephone; date of birth (year included); personal medical information; or personal/private information (e.g., an individual’s financial data).
DHA Privacy Office, HHS Secretary, and/or the MTF HIPAA Privacy Officer.
– limits uses, disclosures, and requests for PHI to the minimum necessary amount of PHI needed to carry out the intended purposes of the use or disclosure. -does not apply to disclosures to, or requests by, a health care provider for treatment purposes. -does not apply to uses or disclosures made to the individual or pursuant to the individual’s authorization.