HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
PHI – Protected Health Information
PHI is information that identifies or can be used with other information to identify an individual
Protecting client privacy as a responsibility: In the process of providing services to clients, we are very often required to share our client’s information – at schools, going to the doctor, psychiatrist, and dentist and other health care professionals. This is done routinely during intake and at least once a year for yearly medical checkups and upon intake for routine intake medical checkups. During these healthcare visits and during the intake process, we come across information and documents that contain protected healthcare Information, PHI, for our clients. We need to understand that as staff continues to learn about their client’s lives, the more responsibility they have to keep their information private.
Why are we required to keep client information private?
Why is it important that we keep information confidential?
One of the main aims of HIPAA is to protect the privacy of patients by ensuring certain types of information are safeguarded and not disclosed to unauthorized individuals. Protecting your client’s privacy is respectful and professional. It is an essential part of your job as a care provider.Privacy rights are legally enforced through HIPAA, a federal law passed by Congress in 1996. HIPAA’s Privacy Rule defines how health care providers must relate to Protected Health Information or PHI.
PHI is health or billing information that identifies or can be used with other information to identify an individual.