July 14, 2013
HIPPA is a federal act imposed to set standards for protecting the privacy of patients’ health information (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. n.d.). HIPPA privacy rule addresses issues to patient access rights, rules for use and disclosure, new administrative requirements, and means for enforcement and compliance. This rule affects virtually every person such as a health care provider, health care clearinghouses, and health plans. These requirements bring several changes to the way protected health information is perceived in health care organizations, and ...view middle of the document...
Cignet Health is accused of not providing the requested medical records to their patients in a timely fashion. According to the HIPPA privacy rule, health insurers are required to make medical records available within 30 days of the request by the patient and no more 60 days of the request (www.hhs.gov).
The Cignet Health center acted unethically and unlawfully concerning the request of medical records and also when refusing to cooperate with the investigation. Administrators and owners are responsible for uplifting ethical standards and setting a good example. This health center had a responsibility to its patients and stakeholders to practice in an ethical way. Their mission statement should have reflected the combined moral and ethical issue held by the organization to keep patients happy and feel secure about their medical records being in their hands.
An organization’s mission statement is meant to reflect the good ethical values and good ethical business practices. Cignet Health’s website states that “The focus of Cignet Health center is to minister to the whole person, both spiritually and physically and our desire is to help the sick and suffering people the...