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What does HIPAA impact?

HIPAA: What does it impact?

HIPAA, formally known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability act, was signed into legislation back in the 90's. These regulations were enacted as a multi-tiered approach that set out to improve the health insurance system. HIPAA impacts everyday procedures within any healthcare organization. This impact can be broken out into three efforts:

  1. Security

  • System records need dates and times of logging and reviews.

  • Data entry must be recorded along with program executions.

  • Incorrect login attempts must recorded.

  • Physical restrictions must be enacted to any data servers.

  1. Privacy

  • Employees must be trained on security and a privacy officer must designated.

  • Patient consent must be obtained for any health information disclosure.

  • Only the minimum amount of information must be provided.

  • Oral communication must be as generic as possible to avoid a breach.

  1. Code Sets

  • Achieving code set compliance.

Why does HIPAA matter? Well, all healthcare entities and organizations that use, store, maintain or transmit patient health information are expected to be in complete compliance with the regulations of the HIPAA law. When completely adhered to, HIPAA regulations not only ensure privacy, reduce fraudulent activity and improve data systems but are estimated to save providers billions of dollars annually. By knowing of and preventing security risks that could result in major compliance costs, organizations are able to focus on growing their profits instead of fearing these potential audit fines.

HIPAA legislation is ever-evolving and although it may seem complicated and tedious, it is imperative that everyone is in compliance. HIPAA has many parts to it, including many rules like the HIPAA Privacy Rule and HIPAA Security Rule. Just as one must be aware of every minute part of these HIPAA directives, one must be prepared for change. With Healthcare Reform and other disruptive movements, the industry is in need of flexibility. Keep an open mind when tackling healthcare because nothing is set in stone, nor will it ever be.

Despite the complexity of our healthcare system, everyone can make an impact. By being an educated healthcare consumer, the industry is one step closer to moving from a volume-based care model to one that is purely value-based. It is time to understand healthcare, analyze behaviors and determine solutions. Why now? Because there's no better time than now.

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