What is HIPAA privacy?

While most people know HIPAA for compliance, those standards were derived as part of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. This rule was designed to protect the medical records and other personal health information of individuals. Who does the privacy rule apply to? This rule applies to anyone handling and transmitting healthcare …

Who enforces HIPAA?

With all the compliance mandates surrounding HIPAA, and the fines that have taken place over the past year, it’s easy to wonder who’s finding all these violations and who’s enforcing HIPAA. The main party enforcing HIPAA is the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, also known …

Recent HIPAA Violations

HIPAA violations are real and can end up costing the covered entity millions of dollars. In fact, data breaches continue rising year by year. In 2009, there were only 18 healthcare data breaches of 500 or more records, while there were 510 in 2019. That’s right – 2019 had the …

What is HIPAA law?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed in 1996 and is regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI). Why was this law created? This law was designed to reduce the possibility of abuse or …

What is a HIPAA BAA?

A HIPAA BAA, or Business Associate Agreement is a contract between a HIPAA-covered entity and a vendor working with that covered entity. Covered Entities Under HIPAA Covered entities under the HIPAA law includes healthcare providers, health plans or healthcare clearinghouses that handle electronic transactions. Any company partnering with a covered …

What is a HIPAA covered entity?

To be HIPAA compliant, there are certain rules and regulations. HIPAA covered entities are those who must comply, and they can be a person, institution or organization. Currently, there are three categories of covered entities: Health plans These entities include health insurance companies; HMOs, or Health Maintenance Organizations; employer-sponsored health …