CHAPTER 3: Privacy and Confidentiality

Laurie A. Rinehart-Thompson, JD, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA

Laurinda B. Harman, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA

Learning Objectives

After completing this chapter, the reader should be able to:

  • Understand the difference between privacy and confidentiality.

  • Understand the primary ethical obligation of the health information management professional to protect the privacy of an individual’s health information and confidential communications.

  • Discuss release-of-information considerations.

  • Discuss the practical implications of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy requirements and changes per the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

  • Discuss patient and ...

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