HIPAA

HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Not only does HIPAA protect our patients, but it is also designed to protect your health insurance information as well.

  •         A lab report is PHI because it contains a patient’s name or patient ID number, and information about his or her health.
  •         A billing statement is PHI because it contains a patient’s name, ID number, billing information, and information about his or her health.
  •      Can be oral, paper or electronic (remember, even a yellow sticky note should be shredded if it contains PHI)

It's your role to keep patient information confidential. Talk with your supervisor about how this applies to your area.