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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

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Related IHS Sites

IHS Privacy Act Web Site The purpose of this web site is to assist Indian Health Service (IHS) employees in dealing with their Privacy Act duties, responsibilities and obligations. It is designed to serve as a basic resource for Privacy Act information, guidelines and procedures. Within IHS, patient medical records constitute the majority of agency Privacy Act-protected records.

The site is designed in a question and answer format to provide an overview of the Privacy Act and how it relates to the IHS patient medical records. Throughout the site, links provide easy access to more detailed information and/or sample forms and formats.


Related HHS Sites

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: HIPAA Administrative Simplification Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov This is the best source for authoritative information on HIPAA Administrative Simplification: Transaction and Code Set Standards, Identifier Standards, Privacy Standards, and Security Standards, as well as HIPAA Implementation Guides. There are also excellent FAQ links here.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Office for Civil Rights Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov This is the office charged with assisting covered health care organizations become compliant with the HIPAA Privacy Rule. OCR is also the office for enforcement of the Privacy Rule.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - HIPAA Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov This is the office charged with implementing the Transaction and Code Sets Standards, the Security Standards and the Identifier Standards.

There are many rumors flying around about the HIPAA rules. You are encouraged to visit these places to see the full text of the rules and associated documents for yourself.


Other Sites

NCPDP - National Council for Prescription Drug Programs Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov The HIPAA final standards for electronic health care transactions, and for code sets, adopts the NCPDP Telecommunication Standard Format, Version 5.1 and the NCPDP Batch Standard, Version 1 Release 0 for pharmacy claims. Health plans, health care clearinghouses and health care providers who utilize electronic transactions will be required to use these standards beginning October 16, 2002.

WEDI - Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov

    VISION: Improving healthcare through Electronic Commerce.

    MISSION: To foster widespread support for the adoption of electronic commerce within healthcare. To fulfill our mission, we will achieve the following:

    • Provide a forum for the definition of standards, the resolution of implementation issues, the development and delivery of education and training programs and the development of strategies and tactics for the continued expansion of electronic commerce in healthcare;
    • Assist healthcare leaders to define, prioritize and reach consensus on the critical technical and business issues which affect the implementation and value of electronic commerce;
    • Ensure that electronic commerce standards, policies and regulations for healthcare are thoughtfully developed and implemented;
    • Serve as the primary catalyst for the identification, communication and resolution of obstacles that impede the growth of electronic commerce within healthcare;
    • and Inform and educate WEDI members and other healthcare stakeholders about the benefits and strategies for successfully implementing electronic commerce.

AHIMA - The American Health Information Management Association Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov Need information on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)? Here are the resources that outline the proposed regulations and assist you in implementing the HIPAA standards for administrative and financial transactions.

RX2000 - The RX2000 Institute HIPAA Knowledge Center Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov The RX2000 Institute is dedicated to helping healthcare organizations solve the challenges of rapidly changing regulations, information technologies and business dynamics. The nonprofit Institute is committed to bridging healthcare's "organizational digital divide" to ensure critical information reaches the healthcare community regardless of size, funding or technological sophistication. The Institute is supported by its membership, fees for service, foundation grants and vendor sponsorships.

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