Is Certification a Surrogate for HIPAA Privacy and Security Training?

Several visitors to HIPAA.com have asked if ‘certification’ can substitute for compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security training standards and new Privacy requirements under the HITECH Act. Generally, certification is a snapshot in a moment of time. The Merrim-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.) defines certification as the act or state of “attest[ing] as being true or as represented or as meeting a standard.” Certification generally is done by an external source. Training is an ongoing internal process for safeguarding protected health information from unauthorized use or disclosure as business policies and procedures evolve and regulatory standards are initiated or modified. Further, training requires that workforce members, including management, demonstrate…

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HITECH Guidance & RFI

HITECH GUIDANCE & RFI 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services. Download (Requires Acrobat Reader)

HIPAA Administrative Simplification: Modifications to Medical Data Code Set Standards to Adopt ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS

Standards. The final rule adopts modifications to two code set standards in the Transactions and Code Sets final rule that required compliance by covered entities on or after October 16, 2003. The new final rule, published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2009, modifies standard medical data code sets for coding diagnoses (ICD-10-CM) and inpatient hospital procedures (ICD-10-PCS). ICD-10-CM means International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification for diagnosis coding, including the Official ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, as maintained and distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ICD-10-PCS means International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Coding System for inpatient hospital procedure…

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New HIPAA Standard Transaction Rules Released

On Friday, January 16, 2009, the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services published in the Federal Register final rules pertaining to: Health Insurance Reform; Modifications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Electronic Transaction Standards (74 Federal Register 3295-3328); and, HIPAA Administrative Simplification: Modifications to Medical Data Code Set Standards to Adopt ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS (74 Federal Register 3328-3362).

Final ICD-10 Rule

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 45 CFR Part 162 | [CMS–0013–F] | RIN 0958–AN25 HIPAA Administrative Simplification; Modifications to the Medical Data Code Set Standards to Adopt ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS. ACTION: Final rule. Download (Requires Acrobat Reader)

Final HIPAA Enforcement Rule

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 | RIN 0991–AB29 HIPAA Administrative Simplification: Enforcement AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS. ACTION: Final rule. Download (Requires Acrobat Reader)

National Provider Identifier Final Rule

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary 45 CFR Part 162 | [CMS–0045–F] | RIN 0938–AH99 HIPAA Administrative Simplification: Standard Unique Health Identifier for Health Care Providers AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS. ACTION: Final rule. Download (Requires Acrobat Reader)

Privacy Guidance

STANDARDS FOR PRIVACY OF INDIVIDUALLY IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 AGENCY: Office for Civil Rights, HHS. Download (Requires Acrobat Reader)

Final Security Rule

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary 45 CFR Parts 160, 162, and 164 | [CMS–0049–F] | RIN 0938–AI57 Health Insurance Reform: Security Standards AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. ACTION: Final rule. Download (Requires Acrobat Reader)

Final Privacy Rule

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 | RIN 0991–AB14 Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information AGENCY: Office for Civil Rights, HHS. ACTION: Final rule. Download (Requires Acrobat Reader)