Operational Safeguards in Healthcare Organizations

No organization can totally eliminate the risk of improper disclosure of health information. In fact, within a healthcare organization, the Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) permits certain incidental uses and disclosures that happen as a by-product of another permissible or required use or disclosure, as long as the covered entity has applied reasonable safeguards.6 An incidental use or disclosure does not invalidate an organization’s operational safeguards. Operational safeguards apply to healthcare organizations because of two federal laws: the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 and the Health Information Technology for Economic and ...

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