HIPAA - The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

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					?The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) were enacted in
1996 and had made significant impact on the medical imaging and recording of
medical histories. Any covered entity under HIPAA has to address the need for
providing for the framework of security and privacy which governs out sourcing of
medical transcriptions, medical imaging and claims processing. The HIPAA directly
controls the manner in which the outsourced information has to be securely moved in
and out of the covered entity's premises to the outsourced agency and back after
processing. It addresses the safeguard the covered agency must ensure at the
outsourced agency place of work. HIPAA provides for Privacy issues and the
Administrative Simplification norms in case of outsourcing. HIPAA requires that you
must fill up all sorts of forms when you visit yr doctor. These are basically HIPAA
Privacy forms and are your consent to allow them to send your information for further
processing. This does not end with disclosure of privacy forms but HIPAA governs
the actions of all those who handle your medical information and ensure s that they
take special precautions when it comes to the handling of your private data. These
regulations are applicable to medical histories, insurance claims and processing all the
information which include your personal data as a part of the data to be processed.

When dealing with any Document Imaging provider it is important that you must ask
them about their HIPAA compliance policies and procedures. Each and Every one of
the persons employed with them have to sign an agreement for maintaining
confidentiality stating they are aware that they are handling other people's PHI which
needs to be kept confidential. The company must have a zero tolerance policy in
respect of any breach of privacy of PHI. Due case and necessary precaution must be
taken to guarantee that the PHI remains private and secure.Tom George also writes a
lot for Syma Tech such as
HIPAA - The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.