Behavioral health facilities and professionals experience some unique challenges when it comes to handling PHI and patient requests. The following article offers tips for handling those challenges and scenarios to consider.
When voluntary disclosure for overpayments is an option rather than an obligation, the provider may encounter diverse opinions among its decision-makers. Some may express a desire to bring the potential problem to the attention of the government and attempt to resolve the matter quickly without incurring criminal penalties, civil fines, or exclusions.
The application of attorney-client privilege is somewhat more complicated in situations where the client is a corporation. Although corporations are entitled to the same protection of confidentiality as noncorporate clients, the application of the privilege often turns on which corporate officials and employees sufficiently personify the corporation as a client.
OCR enforces the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification rules. Failing to properly manage and oversee remote access to and the protection of health information can be costly, as the following three cases demonstrate.
In addition to physical and technical safeguards, the HIPAA Security Rule requires covered entities and business associates to implement administrative protections, including workforce training and management.
Working remotely has many benefits for employers and employees. A Stanford study found that working from home boosts employee productivity, which was attributed to taking fewer breaks and sick days and working in quieter, more convenient work environments.