What Is HIPAA?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that:
- Provides the ability to transfer and continue health insurance coverage for millions of American workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs;
- Reduces health care fraud and abuse;
- Mandates industry wide standards for health care information on electronic billing and other processes; and
- Requires the protection and confidential handling of Protected Health Information (PHI).
Why Do ER Groups Have to Be HIPAA Compliant?
Why should employers worry about being HIPAA compliant when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says that employers are exempt from HIPAA Privacy & Security rules?
It is true that employers are exempt, but the group health plans that they sponsor must be compliant. Your HR department is the administrator of your health plan, and these staff members are required to be HIPAA compliant because of the PHI they come in contact with as part of their daily duties.
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