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From The CriticsReviewer: LouAnn Schraffenberger, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P(Advocate Health Care)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a book focusing on the protection of private health information. Written by partners in the national healthcare law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, the book provides comprehensive information about the laws and regulations that govern the use and exchange of health information and the protection of health records that contain it.
Purpose: The law firm partnered with the national professional organization, American Health Information Management Association, to provide a comprehensive textbook for health information educational programs for the health law course. The book is also intended to be a reference for professionals in the health information management field as well as attorneys who manage and use protected health information. The book has been widely accepted in the health information management industry as an excellent source of information about the legal aspects of health records.
Audience: The audience is likely to be students in a health information management program, practicing health information managers in a variety of healthcare settings responsible for protecting patient information, and lawyers who may not be experts in health =care law but need to access protected health information for their case work. The authors, particularly William Roach, are recognized health law expert attorneys practicing in a nationwide firm known for its work in healthcare and privacy protection.
Features: The 14 chapters range from an introduction to the legal system to medical record requirements, consents to treatments, access to health information, discoverability and admissibility of medical records, and legal theories in improper disclosure cases. A glossary of acronyms and definitions is included.
Assessment: This is an excellent book and a valuable reference for anyone requiring a solid understanding of the legal aspects of medical records and health information. This edition addresses the requirements for protecting health information in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the growth of electronic health record systems and their unique challenges in protecting health information. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to instructors in health information legal courses and to health information practitioners to have as a reference for the perplexing questions that arise on a regular basis concerning the legal aspects of the health records they manage.