Plus+ HIPAA Compliance Information
What is HIPAA?
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
A Federal law that makes a number of changes that have the
goal of allowing persons to qualify immediately for
comparable health insurance coverage when they change their
employment relationships. Title II, Subtitle F, of HIPAA
gives DHHS the authority to mandate the use of standards for
the electronic exchange of health care data; to specify what
medical and administrative code sets should be used within
those standards; to require the use of national
identification systems for health care patients, providers,
payers (or plans), and employers (or sponsors); and to
specify the types of measures required to protect the
security and privacy of personally identifiable health care
Also known as the Kennedy-Kassebaum Bill, the
Kassebaum-Kennedy Bill, K2, or Public Law 104-191.
Why must LifeCare Plus+ comply with HIPAA?
All healthcare providers, health plans, payers,
clearinghouses, and other entities that process health data
Any healthcare provider that electronically sends one of the
transactions covered in the Final Rules (Claims,
remittances, claim status inquiries, eligibility,
certification) is covered by HIPAA. Any organization that
electronically stores or transmits individually identified
healthcare information must comply with the Security
regulation. So, if the organization does any of the above
(file a claim electronically or electronically store any
healthcare info that can be tracked back to an individual)
they must comply with the appropriate HIPAA regulation.
- Since the regulations frequently refer to
"electronic" communication, what media falls into
HIPAA applies to all communication that is stored or
transmitted electronically, or that has been stored or
transmitted electronically in the past. Media includes, but
is not limited to, computer databases, tapes, disks,
telecommunications, FAX, Internet, networks.
- What steps or procedures are in
place in the LifeCare Plus+ Network that make it HIPAA
The LifeCare Plus+ Network utilizes SSL Technology,
Digital signatures and certificates, and hardware and
software security applications. The LifeCare Plus+ Network
does not send patient names, social security numbers, or any
other information that can identify any one patient in
particular. Care Providers that receive patient referrals
must contact the submitting party directly to receive any
patient identifying information.
To request more information about the LifeCare Plus+
Network's HIPAA compliancy procedures, please contact a
LifeCare Plus+ Customer Service representative. Email a
Customer Service representative at firstname.lastname@example.org
and include your facility's phone number and a your direct phone
number or extension, or call 1.573.808.5140
between the hours of 9:00am - 6:00pm Monday through Friday.