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Medical Billing and the HIPAA

In 1996 the U.S. Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The purpose of this act was to address security and privacy concerns of health care data. The standards implemented in the law are meant to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire health care system in the United States. It does this by encouraging the widespread use of electronic data interchange. Title II of the act, otherwise known as the Administrative Simplification provisions, requires there to be national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health insurance plans and employers.

Integrated Medical Management is in full compliance with the HIPAA. What this means for patients and doctors is full confidentiality in their records, which is an essential component for the safety and wellbeing of all patients within a given medical organization. Complying with this act means that patients won’t be exposed to identity theft, medical fraud and various other maladies that come from the leakage of their private medical data.

The HIPAA did not only affect medical billing services and insurance companies. Software companies and medical offices initially spent thousands of dollars in order to update their systems to the standards of the HIPAA. Thankfully, medical offices that use a medical billing service will be in automatic compliance with the HIPAA. They will also drastically reduce the burden on employees in the office and increase efficiencies across the board.

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