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The Privacy Rule

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What is the Privacy Rule and why has HHS issued regulations?

Privacy Rule Summary [PDF]

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SMALL PROVIDERS & BUSINESSES

 

HIPAA essentials outline

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OCR Summary - HIPAA Privacy Rule

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Am I a covered entity?

Covered Entity Flowchart

 
 

HIPAA - Related Links

 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

The Privacy Rule and Public Health (CDC)

The Privacy Rule and Research (NIH)

National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS)

Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange

Portability of Health Coverage - Dept. of Labor

Full List of HIPAA-Related Links

 
 

For Consumers

 

Fact Sheet: Protecting the Privacy of Patients' Health Information

 

Security Standards for the Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information

 
 

Education Materials

 

Summary of HIPAA Privacy Rule

Guidance on Specific Aspects of the Privacy Rule

Am I a Covered Entity?

Your Frequently Asked Questions on Privacy

Sample Business Associate contract

The Privacy Rule and Research

Misleading Marketing on HIPAA Training

 
 

Current News and Information about HIPAA Compliance, Regulations and Violations

 

 

Massachusetts Ear Group To Pay $1.5 Million To Resolve HIPAA Charges

 

 

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- Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:37:47 GMT

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- Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:08:57 GMT

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- Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:04:58 GMT

CoreSite Realty Corporation Successfully Attains HIPAA Compliance Validation - Business Wire (press release)
- Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:23:00 GMT

Office of Civil Rights Hones in on Smaller HIPAA Breaches - The National Law Review
- Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:08:18 GMT

10 largest HIPAA settlement fines - Becker's Hospital Review
- Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:03:09 GMT

 

 

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

 

 

COVERED ENTITY CHARTS


Guidance on how to determine whether an entity is a covered entity under the Administrative Simplification provisions of HIPAA

 

 

HIPAA DEFINITIONS FOR ELECTRONIC PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION:

  • Encryption means the use of an algorithmic process to transform data into a form in which there is a low probability of assigning meaning without use of a confidential process or key.

  • Access means the ability or the means necessary to read, write, modify, or communicate data/information or otherwise use any system resource.

  • Authentication means the corroboration that a person is the one claimed.

  • Technical safeguards means the technology, policy and procedures for its use that protect electronic protected health information and control access to it.

  • Workstation means an electronic computing device, for example, a laptop or desktop computer, or any other device that performs similar functions, and electronic media stored in its immediate environment implement the implementation specifications.

  • Workforce clearance procedure
    (Addressable). Implement procedures to determine that the access of a workforce member to electronic protected health information is appropriate.

 

 

Are you a covered entity under HIPAA regulations?

 

The following is a simple test for determining whether or not you qualify as a provider and therefore must follow the HIPAA guidelines:

  • Does the person, business, or agency furnish bill, or receive payment for, health care in the normal course of business?

  • If the answer is yes, does the person, business, or agency conduct covered transactions? If yes, are any of the covered transactions transmitted in electronic form?

  • If the answer to this question is yes, the person, business, or agency is a covered health care provider and must comply with all HIPAA regulations

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