FAQGeneral / Privacy / Security / EDI
- What is HIPAA?
- What is Administrative Simplification?
- What are the main components of HIPAA?
- Who is required to comply with HIPAA regulations?
- What are the deadlines for HIPAA Compliance?
- What is the purpose of HIPAA Security Policies?
- What are the expectations for the development of HIPAA Security policies?
- What is a "covered entity"?
- What transactions are covered?
- Does HIPAA require providers to submit all transactions electronically?
|1.||What is HIPAA?The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) became public law August 21, 1996. It was a federal bi-partisan bill based on the Kennedy-Kassebaum bill. The primary goal of the law is to make it easier for people to keep health insurance, and help the industry control administrative costs.|
|2.||What is Administrative Simplification?Administrative Simplification is defined in the Title II of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The goal of administrative simplification is to reduce health care administrative costs and promote quality and continuity of care by facilitating electronic data interchange (EDI). HIPAA establishes standards for 10 electronic health care transactions, national code sets, and unique identifiers for providers, health plans, employers and individuals. It also establishes standards for ensuring the security of electronic health care transactions. Read More|
|3.||What are the main components of HIPAA? Click here to view HIPAA Components.|
Who is required to comply with HIPAA regulations?Covered entities and the entities with whom they share Protected Health Information (PHI) must comply with HIPAA. A covered entity is:
|5.||What are the deadlines for HIPAA Compliance?Click here to view the Compliance Timetable.|
What are the goals of the HIPAA regulations?At the core of the new regulations are requirements to systemize, expedite and protect the electronic transfer of healthcare information. These include: