The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was enacted by the United States Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. It has been known as the KennedyKassebaum Act or Kassebaum-Kennedy Act after two of its leading sponsors. Title I of HIPAA protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs. Title II of HIPAA, known as the Administrative Simplification (AS) provisions, requires the establishment of national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health insurance plans, and employers.
HIPAA Compliance: Protecting your patients health information is more difficult and more important than ever. HIPAA rules have been adopted which pertain to all Protected Health Information (PHI) including paper and electronic, as well as dealing specifically with Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI).
Envoy Data has gone to great lengths to design-in solutions that are HIPAA compliant, and ready to easily be added to your existing infrastructure and make your company compliant with these government mandates.
The HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) requires entities covered by the HIPAA to report data breaches, which affect 500 or more persons, to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (U.S.HHS), to the news media, and to the people affected by the data breaches.
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- Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – Week of October 16, 2017Our colleagues at ML Strategies have provided their Health Care Weekly Preview for the week of October 16, 2017. The preview discusses the Administration’s decision to stop paying the cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) that plans have been receiving to cover lower-income individuals under the Affordable Care Act. It also discusses the suit that California and 18 other states and the... […]
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