An Overview of HIPPA Part Two

Welcome back. We are here to talk more about HIPPA and what it covers, under law. Our attorney in Raleigh NC is here to help you if you have questions or concerns. Contact us to learn more.

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  • Your medical records, including your medical history, conversations with doctors or nurses and treatment plans.
  • Conversations between doctors and nurses about your health and treatment plans
  • Information that your health insurance provider has
  • Billing information at your healthcare provider’s office
  • Health information you have provided to any other business

Who should follow these guidelines?

HIPAA privacy laws are enforced by the Department of Health and Human Services. They may penalize entities such as healthcare providers, health plans and healthcare clearinghouses who exchange patient documents if the laws are not followed.

Healthcare Providers

Businesses who handle billing, such as hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, dentists, chiropractors, mental health practitioners, nursing homes and pharmacies.

Health Plans

Insurance companies, HMOs, health plans within companies and government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

Health Care Clearinghouses

A public or private group such as a business service that transfers and/or maintains healthcare information for a company in the medical field. For instance, a company who provides an electronic healthcare management system to a doctor’s office.

Others

When companies who have access to healthcare information do not fall under one of the three groups above, they are listed as businesses associates. They are still required to follow the privacy guidelines. They can include companies that administer healthcare plans, lawyers, accountants, or companies who store paper medical records.

In the next part of this series, we will look at the guidelines these entities must follow under HIPAA laws.

If you have questions about how your medical information is being used, call Klish and Eldreth to speak with an attorney. Our lawyer in Raleigh NC can help with federal and state laws pertaining to HIPAA.

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If you missed them, visit with other blogs in this series, below:

  • An Overview of HIPAA, Part One
  • An Overview of HIPAA, Part Two
  • An Overview of HIPAA, Part Three
  • An Overview of HIPAA, Part Four

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