TMA offers physicians advice on issues related to HIPAA compliance.
HIPAA Security: What Risks Are Realistic for Your Practice?
Is your practice on the coast in hurricane territory? Is your practice management system on a computer network? These are some of the factors practices should consider when assessing the security of their patients’ electronic protected health information (e-PHI). (TMA Practice E-Tips, September 2012)
HIPAA Privacy Rule and Workers’ Comp
Under the new HIPAA Privacy Rule, can my office send supporting documentation (medical records) with our bills to a workers’ compensation insurance carrier without special authorization from the injured employee who is our patient? (July 2003)
HIPAA Privacy Protections and Child Abuse Reporting: Not a Conflict
Texas law requires physicians to report suspected child abuse to the appropriate authority. Does the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule preempt this state law? (TMA Practice E-Tips, April 2003)
Who Enforces HIPAA Standards?
Who enforces HIPAA standards? The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights enforces HIPAA privacy standards. Now, HHS has designated the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to enforce HIPAA administrative simplification provisions. (TMA Practice E-Tips, September 2002)
Destroy Medical Records
When medical records are eligible for destruction, they can be shredded or burned,. Follow these guidelines for secure records destruction. (TMA Practice E-Tips, June 2008)
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