The office of he Inspector General of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is tasked with ensuring that the programs that have been started in the department of Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) are efficient and working. The programs that are started in the department are geared at combating crimes and abuse of law. In the implementation of HIPAA, the role of OIG is to provide the necessary assessments and resources that are required in implementing HIPAA. They ensure that the law and policy is implemented well. They ensure time to time review of HIPAA so that it meets the dynamic change of information systems. They help in coming up with decisions that will be used for proper implementations of policies that will be useful in HIPAA (Wu 73).
The law that underpins the action plans of fraud and abuse plans of enforcement includes the law of privacy. It is against the law to access people’s information which they consider to be private. The person accessing this private and confidential information will have to get the permission of the owner of that information. Another law is that of right to use information in an appropriate manner that is not abused or made to go against the will of others. This law helps OIG to underpin the law of abuse of personal information. People should not abuse information and also should not have that information abused. This law ensures that information use on the internet is not abused. It is requirement that information be as private and confidential as much as possible.
- Effective programs for training
- A hotline number that will be used to receive complaints and problems that are faced in the field.
- Creation of officials that will see to it that there is effective compliance of the program
- Auditing procedures that will ensure that there is effective compliance and that the process is followed
- Documented policies and procedures that will be followed in the programs
The website talks about certified medical assistants who are certified to work in ambulatory services. This is the field that has grown in popularity. The ever increasing disasters and the need to have assistants in this field are overwhelming. One thing I like about the website is that they stress about getting certified CMAs who will work with them. All the text almost directly relate to the examination and certification process. The link that caught my attention is http://www.aama-ntl.org/about/what_is_a_cma.aspx which shows the various works of a CMA. It shows the various aspects of what the CMA will undergo. I was able to learn the details of the scope of work that this professional undertakes. It was important to understand the difference between a registered nurse and a CMA. I found all he information I needed.
Taking a class in HIPAA would help me in my future career because I will learn the various ways in which patient information can be protected. As patient information is important and used over the internet, it is important to understand the various ways in which patient information and data can be secured. This will be an important and worthy cause to undertake as patient data defines my career as I interact with this information everyday (Rockel 82).
Wu, Stephen. A guide to HIPAA security and the law. New York: American Bar Association. 2007
Rockel, Kathy. Guide to the HIPAA privacy rule. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2005