A DEFINITION OF HIPAA COMPLIANCE
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIPAA sets the standard for sensitive patient data protection. Companies that deal with protected health information (PHI) must have physical, network, and process security measures in place and follow them to ensure HIPAA Compliance. Covered entities (anyone providing treatment, payment, and operations in healthcare) and business associates (anyone who has access to patient information and provides support in treatment, payment, or operations) must meet HIPAA Compliance. Other entities, such as subcontractors and any other related business associates must also be in compliance.
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HIPAA TITLE I
Makes it possible to maintain coverage when your employment changes and you’re on a group plan. It also makes it unlawful for group insurance plans to turn down people they don’t want to cover or to build lifetime maximums into contracts.
HIPAA TITLE II
“Directs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish national standards for processing electronic healthcare transactions,” explained Jacqueline Biscobing in TechTarget 1. “It also requires healthcare organizations to implement secure electronic access to health data and to remain in compliance with privacy regulations set by HHS.”
HIPAA TITLE III
Introduces new tax rules related to healthcare treatment.
HIPAA TITLE IV
Includes additional details on reform of insurance law, with protections for those who have pre-existing conditions and individuals who want to maintain their insurance.
HIPAA TITLE V
Gives guidelines for life insurance policies that are owned by businesses and how to handle income tax speciﬁcs when someone has their US citizenship revoked.
It establishes and describes these ﬁve elements:
National Provider Identiﬁer Standard – 10-digit NPI (national provider identiﬁer) numbers must be assigned to all healthcare entities.
Transactions and Code Sets Standards – An objectively approved protocol must be used in electronic data interchange (EDI).
HIPAA Privacy Rule – Patient health information must be protected. “Privacy Rule” is actually short-hand for the “Standards for Privacy of Individually Identiﬁable Health Information.”
HIPAA Security Rule – This rule delineates expectations for the safeguarding of patient data. “Security Rule” is short for the “Security Standards for the Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information.”
HIPAA Enforcement Rule – This subsection of the law provides parameters with which companies should be investigated for potential or alleged violations.
The requirements of HIPAA and its regulatory agency, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are not as rigid as they first may seem. We’ve detailed the broad concepts required to understand HIPAA or HIPAA compliant hosting in this article, which serves as a beginner’s HIPAA Compliance Guide; further below, you will find our HIPAA Compliance Checklist.
What is the Primary Purpose of HIPAA Regulations?
The HIPAA guidelines establish various responsibilities for CEs and BAs related to the health data of patients. These responsibilities are aligned with rights that the law grants to patients for the protection of their healthcare records.
Of fundamental concern to covered entities and business associates are the Privacy Rule, Security Rule, and Breach Notification Rule. The Privacy Rule creates standards for the privacy of PHI. The Security Rule establishes expectations for the handling of electronic protected health information (ePHI) to prevent unauthorized access. The Breach Notification Rule mandates that covered entities and business associates must alert any affected parties whenever their protected health information is compromised.
Together, these rules and regulations are designed to protect the health data of patients from unauthorized access by enumerating the responsibilities of Covered Entities and Business Associates who handle Patient Health Information