The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a strictly defined set of regulations designed to protect a patient’s privacy regarding any medical condition, test, procedure, or other personal health information (PHI). The regulations prohibit any medical practice from sharing patient information with anyone other than the patient without express written authorization. Additionally, HITECH (The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) now defines additional policies regarding electronic health records for patients.
As our industry is required by law to maintain these privacy regulations, it is the medical practice’s obligation to work with an answering service that maintains HIPAA compliance (not all answering services are medically trained and HIPAA compliant). This will provide you as well as your patients with assurance and piece of mind that you are covered in the event of any audit, review, or lawsuit.
When reviewing with your medical answering service, verify the following:
Your patients deserve a medical answering service they can trust with their medical information. By ensuring your medical answering service is HIPAA compliant, you are helping your patients as well as your practice stay in compliance and maintain peace of mind.
You can feel good knowing your patient information is in good hands. At Rutherford TAS, we are committed to protecting your patient health information. We perform regular internal audits on our processes and our employees to ensure compliance with HIPAA and HITECH.
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