When it comes to HIPAA, covered entities must be compliant with the full extent of the regulation. HIPAA has set national standards for health care providers since it was first enacted in 1996.
But how do you determine if you qualify as a HIPAA covered entity in the first place?
Below, we’ve created a quick and easy guide that you can use to assess if your organization qualifies as a HIPAA covered entity. Understanding your responsibilities as laid out by the federal HIPAA regulation is the most important thing you can do to start addressing your compliance and avoid your business some of the millions of dollars in HIPAA Violation & Breach Fines levied since the start of 2017 alone.
HIPAA Covered Entity Definition
HIPAA regulation defines a covered entity as health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses involved in the transmission of protected health information (PHI). This transmission can take place for the purpose of payment, treatment, operations, billing, or insurance coverage. Covered entities can include organizations, institutions, or persons.
This HIPAA covered entity chart from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides a clearer breakdown:
HIPAA Compliance for Covered Entities
What regulatory requirements are covered entities responsible for under HIPAA?
- HIPAA Privacy Rule: This addition to the regulation set standards for the use of PHI and patients’ rights to access their health care data. The standards for ‘Notice of Privacy Practices’ that all covered entities must post and provide to patients and clients was established in the Privacy Rule.
- HIPAA Security Rule: This is another addition to the regulation that sets standards for the electronic transmission, storage, and use of PHI. The Security Rules also sets standards for computer and network access to PHI.
- HIPAA Breach Notification Rule: The Breach Notification Rule sets specific standards for procedures and reporting that covered entities must complete in the event of a data breach. The rule identifies two classes of breaches: minor (fewer than 500 individuals affected), and meaningful (more than 500 individuals affected).
How to Address Your HIPAA Compliance
Compliancy Group gives health care professionals confidence in their HIPAA compliance with The Guard®. The Guard is a web-based HIPAA compliance solution, built by former auditors to help simplify compliance.
Compliancy Group’s team of expert Compliance Coaches® field questions and guide users through the implementation process, taking the stress out of managing compliance. The Guard is built to address the full extent of HIPAA regulation, including fully automated documentation of policies, procedures, employee training, and remediation plans.
With The Guard, health care professionals can focus on running their practice while keeping their patients’ data protected and secure.
Find out more about how Compliancy Group and the HIPAA Seal of Compliance® can help simplify your HIPAA compliance today!