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All covered entities, which come under HIPAA, should conduct a regular security check in order to ensure that all kinds of security measures have been adopted and that all the rules and regulations, which come under HIPAA, are being complied with. The frequency of the evaluation will be dependent on the frequency of the changes, which are taking place in the security environment. When some kind of new technology has been incorporated or when some kind of new security solutions have been discovered, a proper examination of the existing security systems will have to be conducted. HIPAA also states that security is not some kind of product, which can be provided by the right person, but this is an ongoing continuous process, which needs to be maintained. There are many companies, which provide a wide variety of solutions in order to make sure that the security requirements for all these process related entities are being fulfilled in the right manner.
The meaning as well as importance of the word “process” should be properly understood in terms of all HIPAA rules and regulations since this mainly refers to the security processes, which have been incorporated in any organization. A security checkup or a security audit of all the online information systems, which are being used in the office of the covered entity, will be properly measured in a technical manner. These audits of the security process will help in properly defining the method in which the right kind of security measures should be adopted as well as incorporated in the everyday work life of any employee who is a part of the organization. A proper assessment should be taken of all the shortcomings and loopholes, which exist in the current security setup, and the required solutions should be prepared in order to ensure that all the rules and regulations, which come under HIPAA, have been complied with in the right manner.
When every organization is taking stock of all the networks, which exist within them, they should gain a proper understanding of all the digital components, which make a part of this network. A proper identification as well as understanding of all the assets is one of the first steps which needs to be followed as a part of this process of finding out the loopholes and fixing them. Though this is one of the initial stages, the discovery stage will help in gaining a proper understanding of all the components and devices, which are a part of the network. The Retina will be able to quickly create a map of all the elements and the components, which make up a network.
This is one of the most important phases of the entire security audit process since the entire system will have to be checked for all kinds of vulnerabilities and loopholes. Retina has the superior capacity to identify all the loopholes and vulnerabilities, which exist within the system and this can also function with a lot of speed as well as accuracy.
The health insurance portability and accountability act of 1996 has been designed so that a few rules and regulations can be kept in place in order to protect the private medical records of the patient. The Department of Health and Human Services has declared that it is illegal for companies, which are dealing in the private medical information of patients to divulge or transfer this kind of information to any unknown entity.
There are a large number of companies and entities, which come under the purview of HIPAA. Most of the organizations, which come under the purview of this act, are involved in the transfer, storage as well as distribution of all kinds of medical as well as health care information in any possible format. These companies are known as covered entities and they are directly affected by the federal laws, which come under this act, and the customers who are being served by these health care entities are also coming under the purview of this act.
Companies which are involved in activities like medical transcription will come under the purview of HIPAA only when they perform any of the activities which come under HIPAA. In other ordinary circumstances, they will only be known as business associates and they do not directly come under the control of any covered entity and they also have the authorization to act on behalf of the covered entity. But a lot of differences exist between the state laws and the national laws. There are certain states, which say that a company, which is involved in the activity of medical transcription, will also be considered as a covered entity.
The normal course of action which takes place between the covered entities and the business associates is that the business associate will provide a written statement to the covered entity stating that al kinds of medical documents and records will be handled in a safe and proper manner and the confidentiality of these records will also be maintained in the right manner. All these terms will be a part of a written contract, which will be signed by both entities.
The rules and regulations, which come under HIPAA, will be very strict when it comes to the covered entities and the same case is also applicable to all the business associates. An additional assurance will be taken from the medical transcription companies in order to ensure the safety as well as the confidentiality of all the medical records, which are being handled by them. It is necessary for all companies which are involved in medical transcription activities to make sure that they have a readymade plan of action which will be implemented so they will not be violating any of the rules and regulations which come under HIPAA.
There are many freelancers who are involved in the field of medical transcription and they will be working under some contractors and they will also be indirectly providing some kind of help to the business associates. Even such people are governed by the rules and regulations, which come under HIPAA. They have access to confidential medical information about patients and they should ensure the safety of this information and it should not be transmitted to any unauthorized person.
Some people would have had the experience of having to deal with all the laws, rules and regulations which come under HIPAA or the health insurance portability and accountability act. This act has brought about a revolution in the field of health care and also the way in which data regarding health care has been managed. This act has also made the lives of people much easier by making the process of the changing of insurance companies and the procurement of new insurance policies much more simpler.
The most common way in which people come across HIPAA is when they have to sign release forms before going through with any kind of medical treatment. The signing of this form will give the health care center the right to share your medical information for the main purpose of administering the right kind of treatment. Before undergoing any kind of medical test like an X-Ray, the patient is required to sign a HIPAA form, which will give the health care center, the necessary permission to share the medical information with regard to the patient. The sharing of medical information will be an illegal procedure if the patient has not signed the HIPAA form. Even after the patient has signed the HIPAA form, the sharing of the medical data of the patient will only be permitted when it is really essential in order to administer the right kind of medical treatment for the patient. In this manner, HIPAA will ensure that all the medical records of the patient have been taken care of and protected in the right manner.
HIPAA also provides protection for the patient in the field of medical insurance coverage. People would normally lose their medical insurance coverage when they are changing their jobs and they would have to once again apply for medical insurance coverage when they are starting a new job in a new company. When a new medical insurance policy is being taken, the medical insurance company will create certain exclusions depending on any pre-existing medical conditions. But under the new regulations of HIPAA, the person gets credit from the coverage, which has been provided by the previous medical insurance policy. Now people can change companies as well as medical insurance policies without having to go through any kind of exclusion period due to their pre-existing medical conditions. This kind of benefit is very useful for people who have a sick member in the family who require medical attention. The maximum amount of premium, which can be paid by a person who has a sick family member, is also being regulated by HIPAA.
HIPAA is a set of rules and regulations which take care of the privacy of the medical information of people and it also provides people with the right kind of protection when they are change their medical insurance companies. The impact of HIPAA is dependent on the length of time for which medical insurance coverage has been provided under the previous health insurance program.
Training for employees is essential in almost every field and this is all the more necessary when it comes to healthcare. People who are involved in the field of health care have to follow many regulations and rules like HIPAA and OSHA. Violation of these rules can result in the slapping of sever fines and this can also damage the reputation of the health care organization to a severe irreparable extent. But it is very difficult to ensure that the right kind of training is imparted to all employees. Many companies find it difficult to convince their employees in order to attend the training sessions. You also need to find the right kind of people who can conduct the training programs and they should have all the required aids and props using which they can conduct the training program successfully.
Training courses which are being conducted through the Internet in an online manner can help in taking care of all these problems and the process of training can be performed in an easy as well as efficient manner. Under the previous system of conducting a training program, a classroom or venue for the program had to be selected apart from an instructor who will conduct the training session. Every person has to ensure that they reschedule their daily work so that they can attend the training sessions. The company also has to keep track of how many people have attended the training sessions and how many more people have to take up the training at a later date. It is not possible for people to go to many companies, which conduct training programs on HIPAA and OSHA. But at least 150 employees in every health care organization should have been trained about HIPAA.
When the training sessions are delivered through the Internet, there will no need to maintain any kind of manual records. All the data and information regarding the employees will be available through the Internet and only your username and password will be needed in order to gain access to this information. This way, all employees can carry on with their regular work and they can go through the training program at a time, which is convenient to them.
The online training system should be created in such a way that it will be very convenient for you to use. A system should be created which will help in customizing the training needs of all the various departments as well as the user interface. When the user interface has been adapted to your convenience, then you can also decide which are the modules which should be made visible and which ones should be hidden. In case the company wants to train all employees in both HIPAA as well as OSHA, then they should find an online training system, which will be able to impart the right kind of training on both.
Training companies, which have already prepared PowerPoint presentations for HIPAA and OSHA, can make these a part of the online training course. Tests should also be made a compulsory part of every training module so that it will be known as to how much the employees have learnt.
Everyone who has made a visit to a hospital or a clinic will have the awareness and knowledge about HIPAA. HIPAA is the abbreviation for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This act has been enforced to ensure that all the medical records of every person and individual will be kept in a strictly confidential manner by the people who are responsible for their management and maintenance. These rules apply to all doctors, hospitals, clinics as well as pharmacies.
When any person in the field of medicine recruits any kind of staff then he or she should ensure that the new recruit gets the right kind of training with regard to HIPAA. The person should be trained in such a manner that he or she will ensure the compliance of all rules with regard to HIPAA in the workplace. An answering service will also have to be installed by the medical office in order to ensure that every operator also gets the right kind of HIPAA training. Many people would wonder as to why a telephone operator should be trained regarding the rules and regulations, which come under HIPAA. These people deal with a lot of medical information during the course of their everyday job. Sometimes they will receive some medical information, which is very private and confidential, and there could be instances when they have to provide the information to the doctor who is on call. Their HIPAA training will help them to understand how exactly the information should be provided without having to violate any of the rules and regulations which come under HIPAA.
When a telephone answering service is being used, the operators are not the only people who should understand the rules and regulations, which come under HIPAA. The company should have the capacity to maintain all the medical records in a proper and legal manner and they should also have readymade backups of all the records so that they can be used in the event of any emergency. All the necessary physical equipment as well as electronic equipment should be available so that the complete protection of data can be ensured. There will be many accounts, which will have to be protected using passwords, the methods of processing and messaging will have to be completely secure. The method of digital storage will have to be applied which will contain many different levels of storage and backup of all this information will be available at an offsite server.
There are many medical answering service providers who provide the facility of even a triage nurse to the people who make use of their services. All these agencies are completely legal and they run in the same manner as a medical call center and they have many nurses who have been specially trained in order to provide answers to all the queries of customers and also give the right kind of expert advice and guidance whenever it is needed. All these agencies will be well aware of all the rules and regulations with regard to HIPAA.
HIPAA is the abbreviation for the Health Insurance portability and Accountability Act of 1996. This act comprises the benchmarks or the standards, which need to be followed when it comes to dealing with data and information regarding the medical history of a patient, which is extremely sensitive. This act will ensure that no medical information regarding a patient, which is confidential, will be revealed without their consent or permission. This act has been devised by the department of Health and Human Services. These rules and regulations, which have been created with respect to the privacy of the patient information, are known as HIPAA.
There are many rules and regulations, which come under HIPAA with regard to the transmission of medical information of the patient in an electronic format. There are also many rules and regulations which come under HIPAA which need to be followed by companies which are offering services in the field of medical transcription.
The rules and regulations which come under HIPAA apply to all health care plans, health care providers who send and receive medical records of patients in an electronic format, health care clearing houses and all companies which are involved in the processing of medical bills. All companies, which are providing medical transcription services, should make sure that all the medical information regarding each patient has been stored in a safe and secure manner. There should be a clear and proper record regarding the people who have access to the private medical information of all the patients. Any kind of new technology, which is available, should be used in order to protect the privacy of the medical information of these patients. All the data should be stored in a safe and secure manner with the help of a password.
The main purpose for the enforcement of this act is to ensure that health information about patients is not distributed freely. This also takes care that other private information regarding the patient like the name, address, telephone number or social security number is not revealed to anyone.
Nowadays medical transcription work is being outsourced to people who are professionals in the field of medical transcription and some of these people are based in countries, which are outside USA. The files are sent and received through the medium of the Internet. According to the rules and regulations, which have been enforced by HIPAA, all the files, e-mails and voicemails should be sent as well as received through the Internet only after the process of encryption has been completed. Otherwise an extremely secure FTP site should be used in order to send and receive the files. In case the documents are being faxed, a disclaimer statement should be attached which will highlight the importance of keeping the information confidential. But if the documents are being dictated through the telephone, then the process of encryption will not have to be performed.
All health care plans, companies providing health care services and those who send and receive medical records in an electronic format, health care clearing houses and companies which are involved in medical billing should abide by these rules which have been enforced by HIPAA.
In 1996, the US congress enforced the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA. This law has brought about a lot of changes in the field of administration of health care as well as the management of information systems in health care. This act is actually a federal law and amendments have been made according to the Internal revenue code of 1986 which helps in providing portability as well as continuity of health insurance, reducing the amount of fraud as well as abuse of the health insurance as well as the health care industry, encouraging the use of medical savings accounts and also providing people with access to good quality as well as long term health care. This law also tries to simplify the process of medical insurance.
HIPAA has been created in order to create some standards in the method of exchange of information regarding patients and also trying to prevent any unwanted revealing of the private medical information regarding patients. This is relevant to medical information which is either available in the form of paper or in the electronic format. According to HIPAA, all healthcare organizations should adhere to certain specific rules and norms. An administrative simplification title should be provided in order to avoid any kind of health care abuse and fraud. This title will include many laws and standards, which pertain to Electronic Health Transactions Standards, Privacy & Confidentiality Standards, Unique Health Identifiers, and Security & Electronic Signature Standards.
The laws and standards, which are found in HIPAA, are applicable to all companies and organizations, which are, involved in the field of health care like health care plans, public and private payers, health care insurers, HMOs, Medicare, Medicaid, group health plans, health care clearinghouses, all people and organizations which are involved in the processing of non-standard formatted health information and prepare it according to the right standards, health care providers, people who are involved in the electronic transmission of health information, people who receive medical information about people, people who are involved in the maintenance of the electronic transmission of medical information.
When an organization does not abide by the rules and regulations of HIPAA, the everyday activities of the organization will get disturbed. They also might have to incur some costs due to this. The most sever results of not abiding by the rules of HIPAA include not being able to conduct your business smoothly as well as the loss of a major chunk of business. Some sanctions will also be imposed by the government on such companies. The fine, which will have to be paid for not following the rules, and regulations, which come under HIPAA, include $100 for each person and for every violation and this can be increased until $25000 in a year. When medical information regarding the patient has been disclosed with the complete knowledge of the organization, then a fine of $50000 can be imposed for every violation and this can also include imprisonment and a fine of $250000 can be imposed along with a ten year imprisonment if the intention behind revealing the information has been to make to make use of the information for some commercial purposes.
Training regarding HIPAA can either be delivered in a classroom or even through the Internet depending on the schedule and convenience of the student. The normal cost of this kind of training will usually be around $300. Rules regarding privacy and security as well as the rules, which need to be followed by any organization, which is associated with the field of medicine, will be covered under this training program. Apart from employees, it is also essential for all mangers to complete their training regarding HIPAA.
The kind of training and the level of training with regard to HIPAA will be dependent on the designation being held by the person in the company. Every course consists of different modules, which will make the person more aware regarding the rules with respect to privacy, security as well as electronic transfer of information. Apart from the legal knowledge, which will be imparted through this course, every person in the organization will be able to perform his or her duties with the same level of professionalism.
There are 67 policies about HIPAA, which are taught under the subdivision of privacy and security. After the entire course has been completed, it will be easier to ensure that all the rules and regulations with regard to HIPAA are being implemented in the right manner. Hospitals, insurance companies, long term care organizations, doctors, government state agencies, third party administrators, cleaning houses, health plans, and business associates are the organizations which will have to undergo compulsory training with regard to HIPAA.
The 67 policies, which are being taught as a part of the HIPAA training session will be further, sub-divided into five sub-categories. There will be one section on administrative safeguards, which include 28 policies, technical safeguards, which include 12 policies, organizational requirements, which contain 4 policies, and supplemental policies, which contain 11 policies. All companies and organizations, which are involved in the field of health care, should follow all the stated rules and regulations so that the patients get the right kind of medical care and attention.
After every person has completed the required certification examination after training for HIPAA, they would be told as to how many questions they have answered correctly so that they will know whether they have passed the exam. Any person, who has not passed the certification exam for HIPAA training, will have to go through all the material once again and prepare a schedule to go through the HIPAA training course once again. People who are very dedicated and committed to their profession in the field of health care will use this opportunity to provide better medical services to patients who make use of health care services.
Training regarding HIPAA for managers and people who are in the teaching profession will have to be in the form of a full time course. All these people will have to undergo a basic level course and then go on to complete the next advanced level, which will be suited to their current position and designation.
There are many people all over the world who continue to work in the same job for an indefinitely long period of time because they are afraid that they will lose their medical insurance coverage if they decide to shift their jobs. There are many people who have a sick family member in the house who will be in desperate need of their medical insurance coverage. Previously when medical insurance plans were taken, there was a clause in them that permitted certain known medical conditions to be excluded from the medical insurance coverage for a certain period of time. In 1996, the US congress enforced the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Title One of this act provides medical insurance coverage for people who are shifting their jobs.
People, who are worried about how their medical insurance will be affected when they change their jobs, should definitely take time to consult the human resources department in their office. They will help you in understanding the impact that a job shift would have on your medical insurance. A certain amount of protection is provided by HIPAA for people who would like to shift their jobs. The period of exclusion will vary depending on the individual circumstances of each person. It is quite likely that every person will have to face a certain period of exclusion from his or her medical insurance policy for a particular time period. But this exclusion time period would have been indefinitely long if HIPAA had not been enforced.
If there have no previous intervals in your health insurance coverage, then the length of the exclusion period will be as minimal as possible. If there has been any kind of intermission in the medical insurance coverage within a period of the last two years then this could also have an impact on the medical insurance coverage, which you are likely to receive in the future. A time period of 63 days has been considered to be a reasonable break in the time period for insurance coverage.
If the new company or the new employer has provided a medical insurance which has an exclusion period of twelve months and you have had medical insurance coverage for the last seven months from your previous company with a break of 65 days before that, the medical insurance coverage which was available for the period preceding those 65 days will not be available in the form of credit during the exclusion period of the medical insurance coverage. But the seven months of medical insurance from the previous employer will be counted in the form of credit against the twelve months medical insurance, which is being provided by the new company, and this will reduce the period of coverage to five months.
The rules and regulations with regard to medical insurance coverage can be quite confusing but it is very important to have a clear and complete understanding of all these rules and regulations so that you can ensure that every member of your family gets the right kind of medical care in the event of any emergency
HIPAA is the abbreviation for the health insurance portability and accountability act. The rules regarding privacy, which under HIPAA are quite famous. The United States department of Health and Human Services has created a summary of all the privacy rules, which come under HIPAA. This summary alone is 25 pages long. When this act was first enforced in the year 1996, the rules regarding privacy had mainly been created for protecting the privacy of the medical information of patients. But at the same time they also contain provisions, which will ensure that all the necessary details regarding the medical history of the patient will be revealed so that the right kind of treatment can be made available to the patient. This act will make sure that not every person will have equal access to all your medical records. When the patient wants a health care provider to check all medical records, then he or she can sign a release form, which will provide access to all the medical records of the patient. All kinds of health care plans, health care clearing houses as well as health care providers have been described as covered entities under the act.
All the rules regarding privacy, which come under HIPAA, are applicable to all the business associates who have dealings with health care plans, healthcare clearing houses as well as health care providers. Business associates provide support services to covered entities like legal, actuarial, accounting, consulting, data aggregation, management, administrative, accreditation, or financial services. A privacy notice contains details of the kind of information, which should be collected by the health plan, description of the health records of the patient, a summation of rights with regard to health information and the main duties and responsibilities of the health care provider.
The health plan contains all the personal identification information regarding the patient like the name, address, telephone number, the date of birth and the social security number of the patient. It also contains other financial details like the amount of money, which has been currently accumulated in the plan and the current balance, which is available in the health care plan. All the health information regarding the patient like the diagnosis, which has been given by the physician, the current status of the health and details of any medical claims, which have been made so far, should all be included in the details of the health plan.
Whenever you make a visit to your doctor or to the hospital, a notification will be made in your personal health record. This record will contain all details of medical symptoms, which have exhibited themselves in the past, all the tests, which have been previously conducted, the diagnosis, which has been made, and the treatment, which has been prescribed. This will provide all the doctors with all the information which they will need about your past medical history so that they can prescribe the right kind of medical care for you in the future.