Â· Post a 200- to 300-word response to the questions found at the end of the case study.
Jim and Betty are both MSWsÂ—social workers with masterÂ’s degrees in Social Services. They work at the Jefferson St. Clair-Blount Mental Health Authority (JSBMHA), a certified agency for the provision of services to families and individuals who have mental, psychological, or addiction issues. Both Jim and Betty provide direct services to clients on a referral basis and each carries a significant caseload, made greater by the recent resignation of another MSW. Jim is a seasoned social worker who has more than 20 years experience in direct social services and social service administration. Betty is a relatively new social worker; this is her first job out of college.
One day after work, Jim and Betty meet for coffee in the cafeteria where Betty reveals that she has had a very difficult day. She discusses in detail a challenging case about a family with an alcoholic mother and a codependent father. The case involves three children under the age of 10 and Betty discusses each by name, their personalities, and physical appearances. She is very concerned about the childrenÂ’s well-being in the home environment. Betty gives concrete examples of her concern for each child. Jim offers Betty support and advice on how to handle the case, and refers to a previous case they worked on together. The names and details of that earlier case are also discussed.
The next day, both Jim and Betty are summoned to the JSBMHA directorÂ’s office where they are confronted about their conversation in the cafeteria. Apparently, the grandmother of the three children Betty is working with overheard the discussion in the cafeteria. After hearing the conversation, she approached the organizationÂ’s director with concerns about the confidentiality and privacy of her family and the other family discussed.
1.How does HIPAA serve to protect patient rights?
2.What areas of the JSBMHA did HIPAA compliance impact?
3.What actions should the JSBMHA director take about the HIPAA violation? Explain your answers in detail.