CMS Posts Q&A on HIPAA and Quality Initiatives
CMS has posted several Q&As on its Web site to answer providers' questions regarding the impact of HIPAA on their ability to participate in quality initiatives.
Web Site Lists Health Plans' HIPAA Test, Implementation Schedules
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange and the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare have teamed up on a Web site where health care providers can obtain health plan and clearinghouse schedules for testing and implementing electronic transactions standards under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Some participating health plans also provide a link to their HIPAA companion guides.
HIPAA Administrative Simplification Index
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides a starting point for finding answers for HIPAA's administrative simplification requirements.
HIPAA EDI Practice Management System (PMS) Directory
The purpose of this directory is to greatly simplify the process for medical practices of becoming educated about and planning for HIPAA TCS compliance.
Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding the new HIPAA standards.
HIPAA Privacy Regulation Guidance by Other Organizations
Guidance by federal agencies and professional and trade associations.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HHS - Frequently Asked Questions About the HIPAA Privacy Rule
HIPAA Administrative Simplification Compliance Act Questions and Answers
You will receive answers on the impact of the one-year extension; if the extension will affect the compliance date for HIPAA privacy standards; when the model compliance extension form will be available; and more.
HIPAA: True or False?
This slide show from the Department of Health and Human Services contains the top 15 privacy concerns. (April 2002)
CMS HIPAA Toll Free Numbers: CMS now has a toll free number to call for HIPAA questions relating to electronic transactions and code sets: (866) 282-0659. For questions on HIPAA privacy regulations, contact the Office for Civil Rights at (866) 627-7748.