HIPAA - HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT
In 2003, the Federal Government began enforcing the privacy section of HIPAA. What this has meant for clergy is there is no longer a religious census available for you to browse before you make visits. Confidentiality has become a very important aspect of patient care. To help with your visit, please read the following:
To secure the room number of your parishioner from information, you will need their full legal name. A nickname or initials are no longer sufficient.
Patients can now come into the hospital and request that they be in a no-information status. This means that their names will not appear on the information desk list. So you may know they are in the hospital, but the information will be unable to confirm this.
- If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us.