New Year’s resolution: Prevent HIPAA breaches

Help to prevent HIPAA breaches at UI Hospitals & Clinics this year by double checking patient identifiers before disclosing information. Verify that you are sending emails, faxes, and phone calls to the correct recipient. Taking an extra few seconds to confirm that you have the correct patient, documentation, medication, etc., can reduce the number of breaches we see this year.

Also, please be careful not to lose patient documentation, like visit summaries, transportation documentation, notes, etc. Each lost document is a HIPAA breach. If you do lose documentation or find lost documentation, please report the incident to the Joint Office of Compliance. For reports or other questions, call 319-384-8282. Or report anonymously to the Compliance Helpline (24/7) at 319-384-8190.

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