Counsel Direct offers comprehensive advice to employers, health care providers, health plans, and third party administrators who are attempting to comply with the administrative simplification provisions of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”).
HIPAA’s administrative simplification provisions govern the privacy and security of protected health information (“PHI”), and require certain transactions involving health care data and claims to be performed using standardized electronic formats. Navigating the maze of HIPAA’s regulations can be a daunting task. We can help your organization:
- Determine whether HIPAA applies to you or any portion of your operations
- Identify and understand your uses and disclosures of protected health information which currently are being made, both within and outside your organization
- Develop appropriate training procedures for your personnel
- Draft and revise the forms, policies, and procedures needed to comply with HIPAA
- Design and implement recordkeeping, documentation, access and other processes that comply with the new regulations
- Develop disciplinary policies for persons or entities that fail to comply with the new regulations
- Negotiate and review contracts with outside technology providers or outsourcing vendors
- Identifying whether you are a “Covered Entity,” a “Business Associate,” or both.
- Drafting the required Notice of Privacy Practices.
- Identifying your Business Associates and drafting the required contracts.
HIPAA Privacy Rules:
The HIPAA Privacy Rules govern the use of Protected Health Information (“PHI”). PHI is any information, including demographic information relating to:
- The past, present or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual.
- the provision of health care to the individual, or
- the past, present or future payment for the provision of health care to an individual.
All health care providers who transmit health information in electronic form in connection with certain types of health care-related transactions are subject to the regulations.