What is the Full Form of HIPAA: The Three Rules
What is the full form of HIPAA? The HIPAA full form consists of three main rules, the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules.
HIPAA Privacy Rule
The HIPAA Privacy Rule dictates the proper uses and disclosures of protected health information (PHI). Under this Rule, healthcare providers must have a Notice of Privacy Practices – explaining to patients how their information may be used and notifying patients of their right to access their medical records. The HIPAA Privacy Rule also requires PHI access to be limited to the minimum necessary to perform a job function.
HIPAA Security Rule
The HIPAA Security Rule requires healthcare organizations to implement safeguards to secure PHI. These safeguards (administrative, technical, physical) must ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of PHI.
HIPAA Breach Notification Rule
The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requires breaches affecting PHI to be reported. These incidents must be reported to affected patients and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Breaches affecting 500 or more patients must also be reported to the media.
Seven Fundamental Elements of an Effective Compliance Program
To ensure that you meet HIPAA compliance full form, the Department of Health and Human Services issued guidance known as the Seven Fundamental Elements of an Effective Compliance Program.
- Implementing written policies, procedures, and standards of conduct.
- Designating a compliance officer and compliance committee.
- Conducting effective training and education.
- Developing effective lines of communication.
- Conducting internal monitoring and auditing.
- Enforcing standards through well-publicized disciplinary guidelines.
- Responding promptly to detected offenses and undertaking corrective action.