The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted under President Bill Clinton in 1996. This law ensures the continuity of healthcare coverage for individuals changing jobs and includes a provision that impacts on the management of heath information; seeks to simplify the administration of health insurance; and aims to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in health insurance and healthcare.
Key implications of HIPAA include:
Acusis believes that emerging privacy and security requirements captured by regulations such as HIPAA are an important improvement to the healthcare industry. We believe the changes required are achieved by policy and process controls and technology upgrades. This includes all associates from the United States, India, and the Philippines signing a non-disclosure/confidentiality policy statement.
As a provider of services to the medical industry, Acusis has formed an internal HIPAA task force that includes the participation of a cross-section of its internal departments. This task force is charted with ensuring that all new Acusis associates must complete HIPAA training on privacy and security. It is also required for all Acusis associates to update their training annually. HIPAA security compliance rules are also enforced in the development and installation of all Acusis applications. This ensures reasonable maintenance of appropriate administration, technical and physical safeguards for the integrity and confidentiality of all PHI that Acusis receives or processes for our customers. Currently, we believe our service offering meets or exceeds HIPAA and The Joint Commission regulations. We seek input from HIPAA consultants to ensure current compliance and to maintain superior confidentiality of patient records.