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Adult Foster Care Provider, Assisted Living Mentally Ill, HIPAA

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Adult Foster Care Provider, Assisted Living Mentally Ill, HIPAA

peter
Hi is any one sure if HIPAA is a concern for Assisted Living Providers that do not use EDI or Electronic billing for Insurance companies?
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netjet02

HIPAA, you are better to err on the side of caution. I would get a simple letter of disclosure and a secure server or secure file system. It doesn't have to be real complicated. I have a system where I have medical & mental records of troubled teens and I have to be real careful; but the system is simple.

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peter

Thanks I agree, I have located some management software for Adult foster care providers at www.assistedlivingsoft.com that has a feature built in to manage our HIPAA risk management needs. it appears that the transfer of any patient data in electronic form requires us to comply with HIPAA. I have also discovered that small care providers are required to be HIPAA compliant by May of 2008. I think we can get my client covered by then.

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mardie

We provide placement and other services for assisted living, long term care and adult foster care providers and have been looking for a management solution on line for years. we have tried them all but the assisted living soft system "ALS Adaptive" has made the grade in every facility. we really got a bonus with the employee scheduling included by hr pulse The unique thing about the ALS program is that they actually do adapt the system to fit individual needs and don't charge you for it. We only pay for the clients active in the system each month we have almost totally eliminated our IT personal that's how complete the online system is. again thanks! highly recommend.

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Dr Dij

HIPAA is not about a specific technology. It is the idea that patient info is private.

You should train your staff similar to that found in my nursing assistant book: all patient info is private, not to be discussed with anyone not involved with their care. Including your wife, husband, etc.

People not authorized should not have access to records. Patient permission is needed to release records (if they are competant).

It really doesn't matter whether you use EDI or a 3rd party insurance billing etc. The third party service must also comply but that is not your problem probably if they do not.

Also you shouldn't throw out patient records without destroying them, take them home, make lots of copies, etc.