What is HIPAA?
HIPAA is the Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act. HIPAA became public law
August 21, 1996. It was a federal bi-partisan bill based on
the Kennedy-Kassebaum bill. The primary goal of the law was
to make it easier for people to keep health insurance, and help
the industry control administrative costs.
HIPAA is divided into five Titles or sections.
The first is portability and it has been fully implemented.
Portability allows individuals to carry their health insurance
from one job to another so they do not have a laps in coverage.
It also restricts health plans from imposing pre-existing condition
limitations on individuals who switch from one health plan to
Title II is called Administrative
Simplification. which was designed to:
- Reduce health care fraud and abuse.
- Guarantee security and privacy of health
- Enforce standards for health information
- Reduce the cost of healthcare by standardizing
the way the industry communicated information.
Suncom's HIPAA Task Force
Suncom has formed a HIPAA Task Force to enforce
the HIPPA law, and to protect the health information of our
staff and the people we serve. We will protect this information
using security and privacy policies, and procedures implemented
by Suncom Industries, Inc.
Task Force Members
For all general HIPAA questions and answers
you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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