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Contingency Planning and the HIPAA Security Rule

Written by  Angelo F. Cardona, CBCP November 22, 2007

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) provides for the continuation of health insurance coverage to employees for a period of time, prior to their enrollment in a plan with a new employer. It also provides for the privacy of personal healthcare information and security from unauthorized access. As those who currently work in the healthcare industry know, privacy and confidentiality are very important, and now they are formally protected under the HIPAA Administrative Simplification Compliance Act (ASCA). It covers transactions and code sets, privacy, and security. It is the security rule of HIPAA that includes contingency planning as a requirement for compliance. Security Rule The latest rule published under HIPAA is titled, “Health Insurance Reform: Security Standards.” It was published in the Federal Register on Feb. 20, 2003 and became law on April 21, 2003. This is a very important date for hospital administration and contingency planners because it

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