Livingston County HIPAA Compliance

Livingston County HIPAA Compliance

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What is HIPAA?

 
HIPAA is the United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. There are two sections to the Act. HIPAA Title I deals with protecting health insurance coverage for people who lose or change jobs. HIPAA Title II includes an administrative simplification section which deals with the standardization of healthcare-related information systems. This section is what most people mean when they refer to HIPAA.
 
HIPAA establishes standardized mechanisms for electronic data interchange (EDI), security, and confidentiality of all healthcare-related data. The Act mandates: standardized formats for all patient health, administrative, and financial data; unique identifiers (ID numbers) for each healthcare entity, including individuals, employers, health plans and health care providers; and security mechanisms to ensure confidentiality and data integrity for any information that identifies an individual.

HIPAA In Livingston County

Livingston County is a hybrid covered entity. This means that HIPAA only applies to parts of the county, but not all of it. The covered components of the county include:
  • Livingston County Health Department (Personal Health Division but excluding the Environmental Health Division)
  • Livingston County Emergency Medical Services Department
  • Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Jail Division
  • Livingston County Human Resources Department (Employee Health Benefits)
  • Livingston County Information Technology Department
  • Livingston County Dispatch Center, to the extent that it transmits PHI to and receives PHI from Livingston County Emergency Medical Services Department
HIPAA uses a cadre of privacy officers to help implement its requirements. These include a Privacy Officer and a Security Officer as countywide points of contact and individual Privacy and Security Officials for the covered components. HIPAA is implemented through a combination of board policies and department procedures.
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