HIPAA

 

The Health Insurance  Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted by the U.S. Congress in  1996.  HIPAA was designed to streamline  healthcare transactions, uphold patients’ rights to privacy, and establish national  standards for electronic health care transactions.

What is HIPAA?

One of the most important  functions of HIPAA was to address the security and privacy of electronic health  data.  All medical data must be secure  and adhere to the highest standards of patient and therapist privacy.  Healthcare practices must implement  administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to ensure that standard of  security.

All healthcare organizations  that maintain or transmit electronic health information must comply with  HIPAA.  Non-compliance can result in  severe civil and criminal penalties.

How MRC helps you achieve HIPAA compliance

LeonardoMD, as  a HIPAA-certified company, registered with Edifecs, all  electronic claims generated by our software solution (LeonardoMD) are guaranteed to be  HIPAA-compliant.  Our medical billing software was designed with HIPAA in mind from  the beginning stages of development to meet or exceed all HIPAA standards. Automatic updates keep your practice in compliance with the latest federal  regulations now and into the future.

MRC addresses all four parts of the Administrative Simplification  provision of HIPAA: Transaction Standards, Unique Identifiers, Security, and  Privacy through our software and procedures.

  • Transaction Standards – All standard transactional codes (CPT, ICD-9, HCPS)  are generated by LeonardoMD through up-to-date online databases.
  • Unique Identifiers – All entities using electronic communications (hospitals, private  practices, insurance companies, etc.) must have a unique National Provider  Identifier (NPI). MRC ensures your NPI is always correctly displayed and  included in all forms and claims.
  • Security –  All personally-identifiable data is secure and backed up beyond HIPAA standards. MRC only works with private, commercial-quality data facilities to  ensure the highest level of protection.
  • Privacy – LeonardoMD provides specific functionality to help you comply with HIPAA privacy regulations which  include tracking of the privacy notification process, setting staff-member level permissions and recording an access log and audit trail every time  patient information is viewed, edited, or deleted.