Administrative Ethics Paper

1211 Words Jul 20th, 2014 5 Pages
Administrative Ethics Paper
Kelly N McCoy
May 19, 2014
Melissa Green, MHA

Administrative Ethics Paper
Safeguarding patient privacy has been a serious problem even with current technology. Not only are “regular” patients at risk; celebrities and politicians are at a greater risk related to the current culture of social media, reality television, and the “need to know” attitude of today’s society. In the past ten years, serious issues with breeches in celebrity and politicians privacy and confidentiality have risen. For example, in 2013, the reality star Kim Kardashian’s and rapper Kayne West’s medical records were inappropriately accessed between June 18th and June 24th, after giving birth to a baby girl at Cedars-Sinai
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Although there were no arguments or facts used to support a proposed solution of ensuring patient’s privacy, the article did point out that in 2008 Governor Schwarzenegger signed a law fining health care facilities for violating patient privacy by unauthorized access of patients medical records (Associated Press, 2013). According to Birnbaum (2009) “The Confidentiality of Medical Information Act defines unauthorized access as the inappropriate review or viewing of patient medical information without a direct need for diagnosis, treatment, or other lawful use” (p. 50). In addition, under the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, individuals, health plans, and health care providers will be held accountable for unauthorized use, access, or disclosure of medical information (Birnbaum, 2009). The Confidentiality Medical Information Act also requires health care organizations to report privacy breaches to the California Department of Public Health within five days after the discovery of the breach (Birnbaum, 2009). The Confidentiality Medical Information Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), are laws that protect patients’ privacy and protected health information (PHI). According the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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