Saturday, February 2, 2008

2008 is The Year of HIPPA

HIPPA stands for , Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act which was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1996.
And, in relation to our job, as a healthcare employees, HIPAA restricts us on the use of certain private medical information of residents. Not only that, we are not allowed to use recording devices, video cameras, camera telephones(to take pictures) and cameras at any time while we are on the "facility's" property without any permission of all parties involved. This is not only to protect the privacy of the residents, but also to prevent potential violations of federal and state laws. Based on our state law(Michigan) , prohibits the taping of private conversations of other individuals without the consent of all parties.

In connection with this, the administrative's office initiate a HIPAA monthly contest at work and open to all employees that wants to join on the contest. They post a question every month on the employee bulletin and everybody is welcome to join if they know the answer, and if will win they will receive an incentive. For last months' HIPAA question , "You are walking by a trash can and notice a pile of papers with and have been laid on top of the trash. What should you do?" I forgot the choices cause I was not paying attention that time but the answer was "Take it to your supervisor". Its very simple ,its self-explanatory but the choices are close to each other so have to pick the best one.
And for this month's HIPPA question is Where is the best place to discuss resident care?I think this time I will try to join . I forgot the choices again, all I know is that it was posted in the bulletin so everybody can I think this is fun and we will learn something not just keep working but you are not aware of what you are doing.

Anyway, that's all for tonight, just want to share and write an entry a little bit different from the rest cause supposedly this blog is about "Living in a long term care facility" but I changed the headers cause sometimes I don't have time to write and relate what is the life in a nursing home.


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