Video #5 in the Healthcare Payments Educational Video Series
Former Health and Human Services Secretary and Governor of Wisconsin, Tommy Thompson is interviewed by healthcare payments expert, Mark Brousseau, President of Brousseau & Associates in Q&A Session #5.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) required the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop regulations protecting the privacy and security of certain health information. To fulfill this requirement, HHS published what are commonly known as the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the HIPAA Security Rule.
The Privacy Rule, or Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, establishes national standards for the protection of certain health information. The HIPAA Security Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ electronic personal health information that is created, received, used, or maintained by a covered entity.
Gov. Thompson was a leader on the HIPAA privacy front. His role helped shape HIPAA so it could be implemented on a practical level for future healthcare developments. HIPAA is a necessity for privacy in the healthcare industry.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was signed into law on February 17, 2009. It is designed to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology and is the extension of HIPAA. Subtitle D of the HITECH Act addresses the privacy and security concerns associated with the electronic transmission of health information, in part, through several provisions that strengthen the civil and criminal enforcement of the HIPAA rules.
To read more about HIPAA and HITECH, go to: http://www.orbograph.com/white-papers.htm. To view this video or others in this series, visit our website at: http://www.orbograph.com/hipaa-healthcare-payments-video.htm.