Looking for a business communications service to keep you connected from anywhere on any device? Phone.com offers all of the modern features of a big-enterprise phone system but is affordable and easy to use for entrepreneurs and growing businesses. In just minutes, you can take your business to the next level.
Your medical practice needs to be connected, but also needs to be secure. So when you’re looking for the right phone service provider, HIPAA compliance is a top priority.
The Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act (HIPAA) was signed into law in the year 1996. It is a piece of legislation which provides security provisions and data privacy, in order to keep patients’ medical information safe. The act contains five titles:
HIPAA Title I aims to protect coverage of health insurance for those who have changed or lost their jobs. It prevents group health plans from refusing to cover individuals who have pre-existing diseases or conditions, and prohibits them from setting limits for lifetime coverage.
HIPAA Title II aims to direct the United States Department Of Human Services and Health in order to standardize the processing of electronic healthcare transactions nation-wide. It requires the organizations to implement safe electronic access to the patients’ health data, remaining in compliance with the privacy regulations which were set by the HHS.
HIPAA Title III is related to provisions which are tax-related, as well as general medical care guidelines. HIPAA Title IV defines a further reform in health insurance, including provisions for those who have pre-existing diseases or conditions, and individuals who are seeking continued coverage.
HIPAA Title V includes provisions associated with company-owned insurance, and treatment of those who lost their citizenship for income tax reasons.
Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This was designed to hasten the call to converting to electronic protected health records (EHR). HITECH increased the number of penalties for repeated HIPAA violations and expand data breach notifications, etc.
A BAA is a Business Associate Agreement. The HIPAA regulations call it a Business Associate Contract. They’re really the same thing. BAAs satisfy HIPAA regulations, and create a bond of liability that binds two parties. If one member violates a BAA, the other has legal recourse. If there’s no BAA or it’s incomplete, or if it gets violated, then both associates may find themselves i trouble with HIPAA and other FDA regulations.
A covered entity (CE) is an organization or individual who is practicing HIPAA compliance in order to protect individuals’ health information.
Protected Health Information is an individual’s health data created, received, stored, transmitted by HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates. This includes information about patients, billing, etc.
A business associate is an individual, organization or entity, whose operations or functions involve distribution, services for, or contact with PHI for covered entities. This includes phone service providers, third-party claims processing, attorneys who interact with PHI, medical transcriptionist, etc.
Phone.com has partnered with the Compliancy Group to ensure their VoIP business phone systems are complaint with HIPAA and HITECH for healthcare professionals.
Healthcare professionals are required to safeguard patient medical information and a compliant secure phone system is one part of that requirement.
With a growing number of healthcare providers, from sole practitioners to major hospitals, looking to ditch traditional phone companies and their high rates, adding HIPAA and HITECH compliance allows Phone.com to be a top choice in the field.