The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires all healthcare organizations using electronic protected health information (ePHI), as well as some third-party vendors (business associates) that handle that information, to comply with federal regulations aimed at protecting the privacy of patient data.
We've updated our original "HIPAA risk calculator" from 2002 to reflect changes and updates to the HIPAA regulations. In particular, the Final Rule regarding Provider IDs was announced in January 2004 and applications became available in May 2005. The dates for compliance are May 2007 for large plans and May 2008 for small plans, but the time to start planning for the changes is now.
Compliance officers and consultants can use the questionnaire in this spreadsheet to check the status of a firm's HIPAA compliance efforts.
Answers to the fifty (50) questions in this risk calculator help covered entities determine the status of compliance efforts in the areas of HIPAA Privacy, Standardization of Code Sets, Security, National Provider Identifier, and Monitoring.
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