How Does HIPAA Affect Your Practice?
How to Become Compliant?
To address these security concerns in the healthcare and electronic field, the United
States Congress passed HIPAA "The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act", a set of standards that simplify electronic transactions and define minimum
requirements for network security. As healthcare organizations strive to leverage
the Internet, they need to deploy a security architecture to meet government regulations
and ensure the trust of patients.
The Administrative Simplification section of HIPAA is designed to improve the efficiency
and effectiveness of the healthcare system by standardizing the electronic data
for specified administrative and financial transactions while protecting the security
and confidentiality of that information.
As a health care provider it is important to implement HIPAA and keep it's policies
current as well as provide annual training to employees. It is advisable that you
create forms informing your patients about office policies in regards to their medical
information. Such forms should include:
Our company can help you establish HIPAA Compliance:
- Place where their files are stored
- Who has access to their files
- Name, address, and contact information of your billing service
- Name of the healthcare clearinghouse claims are processed through
- Method of transmission of claims
- Create Employee and Patient Forms
- Establish Employee Computer Policy
- Disaster Recovery Plan
- Off Site Data Backup
- Contingency Operations Plan
- Annual HIPAA Training
- Employee Computer Monitoring Software
Please contact our office for information on HIPAA