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Clinical Chaplaincy & Recent Changes to HIPPA

Recent changes strengths the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and are designed to ease the public’s overall comfort with electronic medical recording keeping. One of the most significant changes to the HIPAA regulations is the new rules concerning the breach of protected health information (PHI).

What is a Breach?

A breach is, generally, an impermissible use or disclosure under the Privacy Rule that compromises the security or privacy of the protected health information such that the use or disclosure poses a significant risk of financial, reputational, or other harm to the affected individual.What is an example of a breach PHI?
An employee accesses the record of a patient outside the performance of their job duties.An unencrypted laptop containing PHI is lost or stolen.PHI is sent to the wrong fax, mailing address, an email address or printer.
What happens if a breach occurs?
Generally speaking, your institution’s HIPAA compliance officer will need to be notified of all…

Chaplaincy And The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission conducts two types of tracer events:

1. Patient tracers

2. System tracers
Patient tracers follow the path of selected patients through a healthcare organization. Everyone involved in caring for the patient and their loved ones, directly or indirectly can potentially be interviewed by a surveyor during the tracer activity.

This is an actual assessment of how effectively and safely the care of a patient and their loved ones is managed. The Joint Commission surveyors first review the patient’s medical chart to gather information, after which they interview staff concerning the care of the patient. Patient and family members may also be interviewed.

System tracers differ from patient tracers. In the system tracer the Joint Commission’s surveyors explore high-risk system processes common to healthcare organizations. This includes medication management, infection control and how data is used. System tracers are scheduled interviews involving leadership, directors …