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.
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.