RUNNING HEAD: Johns Hopkins and HIPAA
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Western Governors University
February 18, 2013
The Johns Hopkins Hospital instituted the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) on April 14, 2003. This legislation changed the way
many medical facilities handled a patient’s protected health information (PHI) in a variety of
ways. This paper will review the subject of the way the Johns Hopkins Hospital handles PHI
within its organization.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act completely changed the way a ...view middle of the document...
d.) Once any identifiable information (name, date of birth, social
security number, etc.) has been removed from the document then it is no longer considered
PHI. The Johns Hopkins Hospital has a policy that helps them to protect the health
information created by the facility and any information sent to them by outside medical
facilities for continuity of care (a process that helps the patient receive quality care
regardless of what physician or facility he or she is seeking treatment.) The medical
information collected by Johns Hopkins will only be disclosed with patient consent or in
situations that require the facility to release information according to rules and regulations,
such as to the proper authorities in cases of abuse or disease prevention. According to Johns
Hopkins any use of patient information in these cases would be used to “help stop or reduce
the threat” to the patient (To avert a serious threat to health and safety, 2011.) Regulations...