If you work in the healthcare industry, chances are you’ve heard of HIPAA. But what is it, exactly? And do you need to worry about compliance?
What is HIPPA?
Here’s a quick overview: HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It’s a federal law that sets standards for how patient health information is protected.
There are two parts to HIPAA: the Privacy Rule and the Security Rule. The Privacy Rule sets standards for how patient health information can be used and disclosed. The Security Rule sets standards for how patient health information must be protected.
Compliance is Mandatory
Compliance with HIPAA is mandatory for all healthcare providers, including doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies. If you work in the healthcare industry, you need to be aware of HIPAA and how it affects you.
What Does Compliance Mean?
Compliance with HIPAA means that you are following all of the standards set forth by the Privacy Rule and the Security Rule. This includes safeguarding patient health information, using it only for authorized purposes, and ensuring that all electronic health information is properly encrypted.
There are many resources available to help you understand and comply with HIPAA. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a website dedicated to HIPAA, which includes a wealth of information on the rules and compliance. There are also numerous books and articles on the topic.
Failure to Comply
If you work with patient health information in any way, you need to be aware of HIPAA and take steps to ensure compliance. This includes things like making sure all electronic health information is encrypted, ensuring physical security of paper records, and much more.
Failure to comply with HIPAA can result in hefty fines and even jail time. But with a little bit of effort, you can make sure you’re in compliance and protect patient health information.