by Christine Woolstenhulme, QMC QCC CMCS CPC CMRS
Oct 16th, 2014 - Reviewed/Updated Jan 30th
CMS has a released a fact sheet on HIPAA Privacy and Security basics for providers. Designed to provide education on covered entities and Business Associates under the HIPPA Privacy Rule.
Examples of a Covered Entity would be:
- Nursing Homes
- Health Plans
- Clearing houses
- Any person or organization assisting in transmitting a transaction in electronic form, which HHS has adopted a standard for.
A Business Associate is a person or organization involved with the Covered Entity that creates, receives, maintains or transmits PHI on behalf of the Covered Entity. A Business Associate may also include several other contractors or subcontractors such as accountants, consultants or any kind of management involved in the use or disclosure of PHI.
For more information, as well as a list of resources and links to additional information from HHS Office for Civil Rights (HHS administers and enforces the HIPPA Privacy and Security Rules) visit CMS.gov
About Christine Woolstenhulme, QMC QCC CMCS CPC CMRS
Christine Woolstenhulme, CPC, QCC, CMCS, CMRS, is a Certified coder and Medical Biller currently employed with Find-A-Code. Bringing over 30 years of insight, business knowledge, and innovation to the healthcare industry. Establishing a successful Medical Billing Company from 1994 to 2015, during this time, Christine has had the opportunity to learn all aspects of revenue cycle management while working with independent practitioners and in clinic settings. Christine was a VAR for AltaPoint EHR software sales, along with management positions and medical practice consulting. Understanding the complete patient engagement cycle and developing efficient processes to coordinate teams ensuring best practice standards in healthcare. Working with payers on coding and interpreting ACA policies according to state benchmarks and insurance filings and implementing company procedures and policies to coordinate teams and payer benefits.