Keeping Your Policies Current and Your Staff Trained

How Does HIPAA Affect My Practice? How Do I Become Compliant?


To address these security concerns in the healthcare and electronic field, the United States Congress passed HIPAA "The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act", a set of standards that simplify electronic transactions and define minimum requirements for network security. As healthcare organizations strive to leverage the Internet, they need to deploy a security architecture to meet government regulations and ensure the trust of patients.


The Administrative Simplification section of HIPAA is designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system by standardizing the electronic data for specified administrative and financial transactions while protecting the security and confidentiality of that information.


As a healthcare provider, it is important to implement HIPAA and keep your policies current as well as provide annual training to employees. It is advisable that you create forms informing your patients about office policies in regards to their medical information.

Information should include:

  • Place where their files are stored

  • Who has access to their files

  • Name, address, and contact information for your billing service

  • Name of the healthcare clearinghouse claims are processed through

  • Method of transmission of claims


MedSteward can help you attain HIPAA compliance by

  • Creating employee and patient forms

  • Establishing an employee computer policy

  • Developing a disaster recovery plan

  • Providing off-site data backup

  • Creating a contingency operations plan

  • Offering annual HIPAA training

  • Providing employee computer monitoring software


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