CPC Exam Prep — What is HIPAA? http://www.cco.us/cpc-practice-exam-yt
Alicia: The first slide that we’ve got is the CPT exam prep: What is HIPAA? HIPAA does go across the board and touches everybody in the medical field, whether you’re a clinician, whether you’re a coder, whether you’re a patient, whether you’re a secretary in the medical office, it really touches everybody.
What is HIPAA? Well, one way that you can recognize that somebody knows what they’re talking about when they’re talking about HIPAA is if they spell it HIPAA for the abbreviation versus HIPPA. And I had a student one time when we had done the study on HIPAA, then she gone to her doctor’s office and she said “All the plackets that they had throughout the office – which they had one like in front of every room where you’re going to see the doctor – every single door had that ‘We are HIPPA compliant’” and it was spelled HIPPA. And so, she let them know and it was one of those “ah!” moments, you know.
So, most of the times when you think about HIPAA, you think about privacy; and that is a big part of HIPAA, but it’s not the only thing that you need to know about HIPAA especially if you’re a coder. If you’re a patient and you’re concerned about your privacy, that’s when people in the lay community think about HIPAA, privacy is the main thing that they’re thinking about. But now that there’s advances in electronic technology, it’s not just privacy that they have to worry about, it’s transferring information from one entity to another, one facility to another. There are rules and regulations that go with that. Congress added a Federal privacy protection for individually identifiable health information which has its own little acronym. The Rule set national standards for protection of individual’s identifiable health information by three types of covered entities: health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses, and health care providers who conduct the standard health care transactions electronically.
Now, when they did this, when they first started working at this in 2000 and then they made some changes in 2002 & 2003, and there’s still probably going to make changes in the future as technology increases and we’re able to do more and more with health records, we’ll see the HIPAA evolve and grow. Let me scroll down here….
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