What are 3 major things addressed in the Hipaa law?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 contains the following three major provisions: Portability. Medicaid Integrity Program/Fraud and Abuse. Administrative Simplification.
What does it mean to be in compliance with Hipaa?
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.
Who has to comply with Hipaa?
According to HIPAA, if you are belong to the category of “covered entities” or “business associates,” and you handle “protected health information (PHI),” you and your business are required to be HIPAA-compliant. “Covered entities” describes U.S. health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers.
- Fosters a culture of compliance and common understanding of "the right way" to handle patient information
- Ensures that every member of a healthcare organization understands the practices necessary to protect both the privacy and security of patients' and thus create a 'human firewall' against a data breach
- Teaches staff that protecting patients' PHI is just another aspect of keeping patients safe – as important as infection control, fall-prevention, and medication safety measures
- Promotes careful handling of PHI to improve patient satisfaction and increases HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) score
- Increases healthcare provider's awareness and provides specific instruction about how to keep patients' records safe
- Eliminates providers' need to choose between speed of communication and legal risk by sharing PHI in accordance with HIPAA regulations
- Reduces executive and organizational liability
- Protects the organization and staff from personal liability. Staff training is required by law
- Allows for positive differentiation among competitors, as HIPAA compliant practices are seen as more secure as it relates to patient information
- Helps build a foundation for future technology implementations
- Proactively helps organizations avoid expensive add-on security measures
- Reduces medical errors, increase patient satisfaction and trust, improves quality of care, and create operational efficiencies