Understanding HIPAA

March 6, 2013

How well do you understand HIPAA? Do you need to learn more about it?

HIPAA is normally recognized as a patient information privacy law and electronic patient information security law when in fact it truly includes a number of regulations published by the federal government that instruct the health care industry on compliance with the law. HIPAA started out as an effort to provide portability of health insurance benefits to individuals who were no longer employed by a company providing group health insurance, thus the acronym HIPAA, or the “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act”.

HIPAA was enacted on August 21, 1996. Title I of HIPAA is intended for employees either changing or losing a job. Title II, or the Administrative Simplification provisions, required the deployment and implementation of national standards for electronic health care transaction as well as the usage of national identifiers by employers, providers and health insurance plans.

The Administrative Simplification (AS) provisions also requires the protection, security and privacy of health data, also known as protected health information (PHI) or individually identifiable health information (IIHI). The national standards are a means to improved efficiency and effectiveness of health care systems by promoting the widespread use of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) throughout the national healthcare system.  To find out more contact 1 EDI Source today!