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HIPAA Cybersecurity Compliance

As HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) pertains to the information technology industry, adhering to HIPAA Title II is what most people are referring to when they talk about “HIPAA compliance.” Threatcare is the leader in proactive cyber defense, enabling companies to verify HIPAA cybersecurity compliance through their services and product offerings.

The provisions in HIPAA Title II are also known as Administration Simplification, and they include:

National Provider Identifier Standard — All healthcare facilities, including individuals, employers, providers and health plans must have their own unique 10-digit national provider number (NPI).

Transactions and Code Sets Standards — Every healthcare organization is required to comply with a standardized instrument for electronic data interchange (EDI) so they can submit and process insurance claims.

HIPAA Privacy Rule — This is known officially as the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, and it sets national protection standards of patient health information.

HIPAA Security Rule — For the protection of patient data, this establishes the Security Standards for the Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information.

HIPAA Enforcement Rule — As it implies, this provision establishes standards for federal authorities who are investigating HIPAA compliance violations.

For IT firms, the most relevant rule is the Security Rule. Covered entities are required to ensure the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of personal health information, that no unauthorized disclosures occur, and that the workforce is adequately trained in HIPPA requirements and standards.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 is federal privacy legislation requiring personally identifiable information (PII) and other data to be kept both private and secure. HIPAA cybersecurity compliance requirements must be met.

The act contains five principle sections, or titles

Title I: This section is designed primarily to protect the health insurance coverage for anyone who either changes jobs or loses a job. In addition, it prohibits group health insurers from denying coverage to those with preexisting conditions and specific ailments, as well as setting lifetime benefit limits.

Title II: This instructs the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to devise national standards for processing electronic healthcare transactions, and for health care providers and organizations to remain compliant with HHS privacy regulations and to adopt secure electronic access to health data.

Title III: This section deals with tax-related guidelines and provisions for medical care.

Title IV: Further health insurance reform is defined under this section, which also includes patients with pre-existing conditions and anyone who seeks continued healthcare coverage.

Title V: Company-owned life insurance is dealt with in this section, along with people who lose U.S. citizenship for the purposes of collecting income taxes.