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HIPPA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Concerning this quiz, you should know whether PHI only includes verbal or paper information and whether patient data needs to be protected if it contains physician’s notes. Suppose you’re a healthcare provider whether you are permitted to use or disclose PHI for treatment and whether the privacy rule has no requirement to report privacy breaches. This quiz will teach you about the principles behind HIPPA.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The Privacy Rule and the HITECH Act gives patients more control over who, how, and when PHI is used.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Privacy Rule and the HITECH Act are regulations that aim to protect the privacy and security of patients' health information. These regulations give patients more control over their protected health information (PHI) by allowing them to decide who can access it, how it can be used, and when it can be used. This control helps to ensure that patients' sensitive health information is only shared with authorized individuals and used for appropriate purposes, enhancing patient privacy and confidentiality. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 2. 

    When patients give their personal health information to a covered entity, it then becomes PHI.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    When patients provide their personal health information to a covered entity, such as a healthcare provider or insurance company, it becomes protected health information (PHI). This means that the information is subject to privacy and security regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Covered entities are required to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of PHI and can only use or disclose it for specific purposes outlined in HIPAA. Therefore, the statement "When patients give their personal health information to a covered entity, it then becomes PHI" is true.

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  • 3. 

    PHI only includes information that is verbal or on paper.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because PHI (Protected Health Information) includes not only verbal and written information, but also electronic and digital records. This includes information such as medical history, test results, prescriptions, and any other personally identifiable health information that is stored or transmitted electronically. Therefore, the statement that PHI only includes verbal or written information is incorrect.

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  • 4. 

    Patient information needs to be protected if it contains physician’s notes.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Physician's notes contain sensitive and confidential information about the patient's medical condition, diagnosis, and treatment. Protecting patient information is crucial to maintain their privacy and comply with legal and ethical obligations. Unauthorized access or disclosure of this information can lead to severe consequences, such as breach of privacy laws or potential harm to the patient. Therefore, it is essential to ensure the security and confidentiality of patient information, especially when it includes physician's notes.

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  • 5. 

    With some exceptions, Protected Health Information cannot be used or disclosed to anyone unless it is permitted or required by the privacy rule.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because the privacy rule, which is part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), protects the confidentiality of individuals' health information. Protected Health Information (PHI) includes any individually identifiable health information, and it can only be used or disclosed to others in certain circumstances. These circumstances typically include when the individual gives their consent or when it is required by law, such as for public health purposes or when responding to a court order.

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  • 6. 

    If you’re a healthcare provider, you are permitted to use or disclose PHI for treatment.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Healthcare providers are allowed to use or disclose Protected Health Information (PHI) for treatment purposes. This means that they can access and share patient information within the healthcare team in order to provide appropriate care and treatment. This includes sharing information with other healthcare professionals involved in the patient's care, such as specialists or nurses. It is important for healthcare providers to follow privacy and security regulations to ensure the confidentiality and protection of PHI.

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  • 7. 

    The home care nurse must get written permission to disclose PHI as necessary to share with others caring for the same patient as the social worker or behavioral therapist.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The home care nurse does not need written permission to disclose PHI to others caring for the same patient as the social worker or behavioral therapist. The nurse can share the patient's PHI with these individuals as long as it is for the purpose of providing healthcare services and is done in a secure and confidential manner.

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  • 8. 

    The Privacy Rule has no requirement to report privacy breaches.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the correct answer "True" is that the Privacy Rule, which is a regulation under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), does not specifically require covered entities to report privacy breaches. While the Privacy Rule does establish standards for the protection of individuals' medical records and other personal health information, it primarily focuses on safeguarding the privacy and security of this information rather than mandating breach reporting. However, covered entities are still encouraged to voluntarily report breaches and take appropriate actions to mitigate any potential harm to individuals.

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  • 9. 

    In some situations, you may disclose PHI without patient permission. Even if he or she is available.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In certain situations, it is permissible to disclose Protected Health Information (PHI) without obtaining patient permission, even if the patient is available. This can occur when there is a legal requirement to disclose the information, such as when reporting certain communicable diseases or suspected cases of abuse. Additionally, healthcare providers may disclose PHI without patient permission for purposes such as public health activities, research, or in emergency situations where obtaining consent is not feasible. It is important for healthcare professionals to be aware of the circumstances in which PHI can be disclosed without patient permission to ensure compliance with privacy laws and regulations.

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  • 10. 

    A “Breach” includes inappropriate disclosure of patient health information.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A "breach" refers to the unauthorized or inappropriate disclosure of patient health information. This means that if patient health information is disclosed in a manner that is not permitted or violates privacy regulations, it is considered a breach. Therefore, the statement that a breach includes inappropriate disclosure of patient health information is true.

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