Understanding HIPAA Policies and Procedures

HIPAA policies and procedures are very important to any business in the healt...
HIPAA policies and procedures are designed to protect patients from unauthorized sharing of
information and ensure that pa...
Implementing HIPAA policies and guidelines is vital for organizations and entities within the
healthcare industry. While H...
Achieving Compliance
Organizations and entities must meet minimum necessary standards for patient disclosure under
HIPAA p...
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www.compliancy-group.com :HIPAA policies and procedures are very important to any business in the healthcare industry, including insurance claims offices, medical offices, hospitals and third party billing offices. Sharing patient information is controlled by HIPAA regulations that state healthcare related businesses must show proof they are meeting HIPAA guidelines.

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Understanding hipaa policies and procedures

  1. 1. Understanding HIPAA Policies and Procedures HIPAA policies and procedures are very important to any business in the healthcare industry, including insurance claims offices, medical offices, hospitals and third party billing offices. Sharing patient information is controlled by HIPAA regulations that state healthcare related businesses must show proof they are meeting HIPAA guidelines. What Are HIPAA Guidelines?
  2. 2. HIPAA policies and procedures are designed to protect patients from unauthorized sharing of information and ensure that patient records are easily accessed by patients seeking an electronic record. HIPAA policies and procedures are largely based on the Privacy Rule, which governs how patient information is shared with third parties. Patient information, for example, cannot be shared without a formal permission from the patient and insurance companies should disclose when they are sharing any type of patient information with a third party, such as a billing company. Implementing HIPAA Regulations
  3. 3. Implementing HIPAA policies and guidelines is vital for organizations and entities within the healthcare industry. While HIPAA policies and regulations allow for incidental uses and disclosures, such as hospitals listing basic patient information in a central location for ease of care, minimum disclosure is an important aspect of achieving HIPAA compliance. All entities and organizations must have reasonable safeguards in place to protect private patient information as defined by HIPAA regulations covered in the Privacy Rule. On a practical level, HIPAA policies and guidelines impact medical providers by changing the ways that employees can use and share patient information. For instance, if a healthcare employee has unnecessary access to medical records and discusses patient information with another healthcare worker in the same organization, this can constitute unlawful use of medical information. Anytime there is unapproved use of or access to patient information, HIPAA regulations state that using patient information in this manner indicates that the minimum necessary standards aren't being appropriately used within the organization.
  4. 4. Achieving Compliance Organizations and entities must meet minimum necessary standards for patient disclosure under HIPAA policies and regulations. Organizations and entities should perform risk assessment to determine how well their current routine usage of patient information is working toward the goal of compliance. Many organizations require the use of HIPAA compliant software and new internal policies to meet current HIPAA regulations. Business Address: The Compliancy Group LLC. 55 Broadway Unit 684 Greenlawn, NY 11740 Contact No: 855 854 4722 Fax: 631.731.1643 Info@compliancygroup.com http://www.compliancy-group.com

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