HIPAA/HITECH Compliance. How are you Protecting your Data?

What is HIPAA?

HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that was passed by Congress in 1996. HIPAA does the following:

• Provides the ability to transfer and continue health insurance coverage for millions of American workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs

• Reduces health care fraud and abuse

• Mandates industry-wide standards for health care information on electronic billing and other processes

• Requires the protection and confidential handling of protected health information

What is HITECH?

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The HITECH Act widens the scope of privacy and security protections available under HIPAA. It also increases the potential legal liability for non-compliance, and it provides for more enforcement.