Colleague letter from Dr. Steve Cochi describing
NIP's efforts to provide guidance on the impact of
HIPAA on public health practice. NEW!
Attachments to letter include:
Colleague memo from Dr. Walter Orenstein describing
NIP's policy for issuing future HIPAA guidance.
Attachments to memo include:
as it relates to Immunization Registries
called on the Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) to issue
patient privacy protections as
part of the Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act of 1996
(HIPAA). HIPAA included provisions
designed to encourage electronic
transactions and also required
new safeguards to protect the security
and confidentiality of health information.
The final regulation covers health
plans, health care clearinghouses,
and those health care providers
who conduct certain financial and
administrative transactions (e.g.,
enrollment, billing and eligibility
verification) electronically. Most
health insurers, pharmacies, doctors
and other health care providers
were required to comply with these
federal standards beginning April
14, 2003. As provided by Congress,
certain small health plans have
an additional year to comply.