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The HIPAA Security Regulation: The Journey to Compliance

For health care providers, health insurance companies and health care clearing houses April 21, 2005 is too close. This is because these organizations have to prepare to become compliant with the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) security regulation. The healthcare organizations that have to comply with HIPAA are called covered entities. The HIPAA laws have been adopted b......

Full article >>> o effect April 21, 2003 and the transaction code set laws went into effect Oct. 16, 2003. The HIPAA security requirement, due April 21, requires over 45 policies.

It is not only important to have the policies, but it is also critical to have them properly structured. Some recommendations to follow for properly written policies are:

It has a purpose, scope and a sanction stateme......

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NIST also has a Web site devoted to special publications that provide detailed information and guidance on self-assessments, contingency, risk management and many other information security topics.

For additional assistance in compliancy there is also an exceptional organization in Wisconsin: The HIPAA Collaborative of Wisconsi......

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'"/> By Larry Boettger 03/03/04

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