WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY WITH HIPAA?
Duty of Care for HIPAA Compliance
Companies subject to HIPAA regulations are referred to as covered entities. This encompasses doctors, pharmacies, and nursing homes that transfer medical information, often referred to as electronic medical records (EMR), electronic health records (EHR), or protected health information (PHI). Covered entities also include health insurance companies, HMOs, government agencies that subsidize health care (Medicare), and military and veterans’ organizations.
Sharing this information has become an important part of modern healthcare, but HIPAA compliance also creates a burden for medical providers. We can’t stress this enough: Covered entities bear the final responsibility for their compliance with all HIPAA regulations and guidelines. We want you informed about the challenges you face, so we offer this HIPAA compliant website checklist to get you started.