HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The act was established in the year of 1996 so as to regulate the health care information exchange in the states.
Health Human services department of the US government has created a set of rules to ensure the safety of the patient information. Some of those rules are:
To ensure that the process is simplified along with the costs related to the health care services.
Transmission of the patient related information (transmitted by electronic means) that is identifiable is covered under this.
There are national standards to ensure that the information regarding a patient that is created, received, used or maintained are safe in administrative, physical and technical means.
Under this rule a ten digit National Provider Identifier is given to the health care providers by CMS to ensure the authenticity of the electronic transactions
A similar nine digit employer identifier is given to ensure the authenticity of the electronic transactions made by the employer.
Although all these rules safeguard the information of the patients, only those “covered entities” described in the standards are to comply with this.
The Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri is a “hybrid covered entity.” Upon a review, it is determined that there are only a few set of agencies may be considered as “covered entities”.
The DHSS took the initiative of developing and implementing the compliance standards for those areas. In addition to the guidelines set by the HIPAA, the agency has ensured that all the federal and state laws are in compliance with this.
It is considerably a difficult task to ensure that the Missourians receive the health care services without any issues with these restrictions and in spite of the compliance with the rules and laws the DHSS of the state of Missouri has succeeded in that.