What is HIPAA?
HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. It is meant to protect the security and confidentiality of protected health information. The privacy rule provides federal protections for personal health information held by covered entities, like Summit DD, and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. At the same time, it is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of personal health information needed for patient care and other important purposes.
For most of us, we have healthcare data stored in systems or at a health plan or provider. Complying with and implementing the privacy and security rules ensures that individuals’ healthcare data is not used or disclosed (intentionally or accidentally) to persons or agencies that have no reason to see your healthcare data, without permission.
What has Summit DD done to comply with HIPAA?
Summit DD has a policy in place to comply with all HIPAA laws – which protect the privacy of those served by the Agency, as well as its employees. Summit DD conforms to all requirements set forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and other applicable laws. This policy applies whether Summit DD is acting as a covered health care provider or a Health Plan under HIPAA.
Purpose of our HIPAA Policy:
- Ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all electronic protected health information (EPHI) Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) creates, receives, maintains, or transmits.
- Protect against any reasonably anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of such information.
- Protect against any reasonably anticipated uses or disclosures of such information that are not permitted or required.
- Ensure compliance with this subpart by its workforce.
Additional questions about the HIPAA policy or privacy? Contact the Human Resources Department.