Do Health Information Exchange Rules Affect Existing Patient Privacy Rules under HIPAA?
The concept of anything referred to as a Health Information Exchange naturally raises medical risk management-related questions among medical offices throughout Georgia. On the surface, anything called a health information exchange can cause concerns about violating the privacy regulations set forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Although you can find much information about these issues online or through other sources, you need to seek the advice of experienced attorneys who can best educate you on how the new laws apply to your specific medical organization.
Some practitioners may believe that the government replaced HIPAA rules with a new set of rules. However, as explained by HealthIT.gov, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act merely adds some regulations to strengthen patient security. It also makes it easier for patients to request and receive their own medical information in electronic form.
Of course, the HITECH Act represents just one of many risk management issues in Georgia faced by medical providers. Any medical office needs skilled legal support to help remain in compliance with Medicare, Medicaid and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
The attorneys at Meadows & Macie, P.C. have extensive experiencing helping hospitals, medical offices and staff members throughout Georgia address a full array of medical risk management issues. We have extensive knowledge of existing laws, and we remain current with the many laws and regulations that arise on virtually a daily basis.