Compliance to HIPAA- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIPAA is a short form for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The act details the laws framed for ensuring the safeguarding of Personal (Protected) Health Information (PHI) which is a person’s medical record. Under the law, the acronym represents the many regulations that have come into force since its introduction in 1996.
HIPAA regulations include the much-discussed patient privacy and security norms and regulations. This is the latest in a long sequence of the administration’s efforts to standardize the healthcare industry.
HIPAA perseveres and maintains that any business that deals with or broadcasts patient information must take steps within the organization to follow HIPAA’s all-encompassing security, privacy and transactional guidelines. Fundamentally, HIPAA entails all healthcare facilities should guarantee that they guard a person’s health information and reports and also protect patients’ privacy rights.
The role of a Business Associate (BA)
There are three unit types detailed in the bill. The first one is the Patient. The second entity is the Covered Entity (CE) and the third one is the Business Associate (BA). The CE’s role is to offer medical services to the patient and therefore has the most access to the information or report about the patient’s health. A hospital or an insurance company can be construed as a CE.
A BA is someone who the CE engages for services to be rendered on their behalf. The BA needs access to the PHI of the CE’s patients so as to perform the required service.
Under HIPAA’s Privacy Regulation, HealthPay Inc. is a Business Associate entity. A BA performs a function or service on behalf of a CE that requires the use of and access to Protected Health Information (PHI).
What is HIPAA Compliance?
HIPAA sets the benchmark for protecting critical patient data and records. Any concern that engages in PHI activities should make sure that all the requisite physical, data, network, and procedural security methods are completely tracked and in place.
The HIPAA compliance includes:
Information Integrity- The medical records should be exact and true.
Confidentiality- The medical record should only be viewed and accessed by those who need to know. In this regard, the individual should also be aware of all related data usage knowhow.
Availability-The medical record should always be made available or accessible, basically, with the least amount of or no downtime at all.
HealthPay Inc. and HIPAA Compliance Benefits
- Evade expensive impending HIPAA breaches and thus ensure that the all health-related data is safe and secure.
- Utilizing the facilities in our information and data centers that proffer ease of use and offsite data backup options.
- Cost-cutting by contracting out IT related work and services.
- HIPAA compliant, fully-managed services.