HIPAA

Security Basics (Part Ninteen) Understanding Provider Responsibilities Under HIPAA

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We all have rights to privacy and anyone who infringes those rights should face the law. Even as patients to a doctor or in a health care delivery center, we have the right to have our medical records and bills kept secret to only those who we permit to see them and those whose jobs permits them access to such records. This is why the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Rules is there to help give federal protections for patient health information that are held by all those considered by the act as Covered Entities (CEs) and their...

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Security Basics (Part Eighteen) Business Associate (BA)

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A BA’s responsibility does not only include billings, the jobs of a BA ranges from Information Technology (IT) Management to administrative services, consultancy services, financial services, accreditation services, legal services, accounting services and actuarial services. A Business Associate (BA) is more or less a contractor to a Covered Entity (CE) and the job BA does is either directly or indirectly linked to PHI. As long as any of the responsibilities allows him access to the PHI, he is a Business Associate of the Covered Entity (CE) and must comply with the HIPAA Rules.   Health Information Organizations or Exchanges also...

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Security Basics (Part Seventeen) Who Must Comply with HIPAA Rules?

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The HIPAA rules only require a certain sets of person to comply with the rules. People who are not under the categories of those who should comply are not affected by the rules. However, the moment you are in the health care sector and you carry out any form of electronic activities; that is you use electronic services to enhance your services, then you are to comply with the HIPAA Rules. In this case the use of electronic devices in discharging your responsibilities or enhancing the delivery of your services as a health care provider makes you a Covered Entity...

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Security Basics (Part Sixteen) What Type of Information Does HIPAA Protect?

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You might sometimes want to take actions thinking you have the right to this or that and it could be so disdainful to be told by a legal firm or a lawyer that you don’t have a case after threatening to take legal actions. This is one reason why you should know information the HIPAA protects. The HIPAA does not cover every aspect of health, therefore there is need to know the limitations of the act. The types of information that the Privacy Rule protects are basically those individually health information that are either transmitted or held by a Covered...

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Security Basics (Part Fifteen) Goals of HIPAA Security

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There is always a reason for doing anything and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is no exception. Health care providers through their practices get a lot of access to information that if not treated with utmost privacy may cause more harm than good. Sometimes the information they have access are not just information about their patients, but about people their patients have come in contact with. In a bid to hear certain truths about a patient’s health from the patient, health care providers gain access to knowledge about certain persons in the life of the patient. In...

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