HIPAA Compliance Requirements

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Instructor: Donna Ricketts

Donna Ricketts is a health educator with 15 years of professional experience designing health and wellness programs for adults and children.

In this lesson, we will explore the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and compliance requirements. You will learn about HIPAA compliance, who needs to be compliant and the steps needed to become HIPAA compliant.

HIPAA Compliance

Have you ever stood in line at a pharmacy and had your name called out loud or filled out a doctor's office sign-in sheet that contained other names and personal information before yours? According to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as HIPAA, these are violations.

To be in HIPAA compliance, the pharmacy and your doctor's office need to make sure that systems are in place to protect your privacy and, more specifically, your personal health information. The name for the pieces of information that must be kept confidential is Protected Health Information or PHI. Examples of PHI would be your name, email, address, phone number, medical record number and drivers' license number. Sometimes you will see ePHI, which is PHI that is stored or transmitted electronically: via email, text message, website, database, or FAX.

At the pharmacy instead of calling out your name, the pharmacist could call out a number. At the doctor's office, each patient should fill out a separate sign-in sheet.

It is not just doctors and pharmacists that need to be compliant, there are others. So let's take a closer look at who needs to be HIPAA compliant.

Who Needs to be HIPAA Compliant?

Any health care providers who have access to protected health information and/or electronically transmit any of your health information need to be HIPAA compliant. For example dentists, pharmacists, and doctors need to be compliant. In addition, your health insurance company and their employees also need to be HIPAA compliant.

Any organizations or companies that carry out certain actions that involve the use of PHI that works with or for your dentist or eye doctor, for example, also need to be HIPAA compliant. Examples would be medical laboratories or IT providers.

HIPAA Compliance Requirements

Personal information that connects you to your health-related information needs to be protected. So if your dentist has something that can identify you together with health information like an appointment, prescription, or test results, that personal information needs to be protected according to HIPAA.

To be HIPAA compliant certain requirements need to be followed. Here are just a few ways that health care providers can ensure compliance:

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