HIPAA Security Rule & Privacy Rule Introduction & Overview | Why Policies are Critical

The HIPAA Security Rule & Privacy Rule mandates consist of the core requirements for many healthcare organizations regarding compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Often, we hear organizations say, “I need to be HIPAA compliant”, “what does it take to become HIPAA compliant”, or any other general phrase, and this ultimately means complying with the HIPAA Security Rule & Privacy Rule provisions, along with other notable areas. More specifically, for the HIPAA Security Rule, it means putting in place all necessary information security and operational specific policies, procedures and processes for the following Part 164, Subpart C areas:

  • 164.308: Administrative Safeguards
  • 164.310: Physical Safeguards
  • 164.312: Technical Safeguards
  • 164.314: Organizational Requirements
  • 164.316: Policies and Procedures and Documentation Requirements

As for the HIPAA Privacy Rule, it means gaining a strong understanding – and thus implementing the required documentation and processes – relating to the following:

  • Uses and Disclosures
  • Individual Rights
  • Administrative Requirements
  • General Safeguards and Best Practices

When it comes to understanding and assessing compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), healthcare organizations need to gain a very strong technical understanding of the HIPAA Security Rule & Privacy Rule mandates. To learn more about the Privacy Rule, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/summary/index.html

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