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Basic Fact Sheet on HIPPA Privacy and Security for Providers - CMS

September 24, 2014

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 house

Any person or origination assisting in transmitting in electronic form a transaction which HHS has adopted a standard.

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.  Business Associate may also include several other contractors or subcontractors such as accounting, consulting 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


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