HINT730: Legal Aspects and Compliance

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It is important that healthcare professionals and health information management professionals have a basic understanding of some of the main legal concepts and legislation that affect how we practice. You may feel that you have a good understanding of HIPAA, but there are other laws and legal concepts that come into play.  

Your assignment this week is to research the following laws and statutes. For each you are to provide the following:
  1. Summary and intent of the legislation or legal concept. This should be in your own words and give the reader the sense that you understand what the purpose of the legislation is.
  2. Identify how this will affect HIM practice and healthcare practice in general. This should be a minimum of 1-2 paragraphs. Give specific examples.
  3. Find an article (can be something in the news) where this law or legal concept has been violated. What steps could have been taken to prevent the incident from occurring (minimum of 2)? Provide the link to the article.
Laws/legal concepts you are to review:
  • Stark Law (Physician Self-Referral Law)
  • Red Flags Rule
  • E-Discovery
  • Informed Consent


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