Identify whether this incident was an actual breach of privacy according to the HIPAA law.

The nurse returns to work the following evening, and she contacts you to hand in her badge and keys, stating that she knows she made a mistake by breaching the young patients privacy and she knows she is going to be fired. In addition to the breach of the obstetrics nurse, you learn that the patient hid her pregnancy from her family, and to make matters worse, her aunt and mother are both nurses at the hospital. You know both of these nurses on a professional and personal level.

Scenario No. 1 HIPAA Privacy Rule Project Assignment:
Research the HIPAA Privacy Rule here:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2013). Health Information Privacy. Retrieved from https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/privacy/guidance/introduction/index.html

Then, perform additional research regarding the HIPAA Privacy Rule and prepare your Final Paper by analyzing the issues through these questions in regards to the above scenario: •Analyze the specific requirements needed to perform this investigation.
•Identify whether this incident was an actual breach of privacy according to the HIPAA law.
•Examine the differences and similarities between the hospitals stance and HIPAA as to whether the nurse should be fired from her job.
•Explain why you would fire or not fire the nurse immediately or whether you would put her on administrative leave awaiting the details of the investigation.
The Final Paper:
•Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length, excluding title and reference pates, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
•Must include a title page with the following:
?Title of paper
?Students name
?Course name and number
?Instructors name
?Date submitted
•Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
•Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
•Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.

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