New HIPAA Regulations Taking Effect April 21

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) new security rule mandates that covered entities safeguard protected health information that is electronically stored and transmitted. The deadline for small health plans with annual receipts of $5 million or less is April 21, 2006.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s(HIPAA) new security rule mandates that covered entities safeguard protected health information that is electronically stored and transmitted. The deadline for small health plans with annual receipts of $5 million or less is April 21, 2006.

"Unfortunately for employers, the new rule is neither brief nor simple," says Ashley Kaplan, head of the Sunrise-based G.Neil Corp. labor law team.

“The HIPAA security rule mandates highly detailed standards for the protection of electronic health information,” she said.

Who Must Comply?

If your company offers healthcare benefits or if you use employees’ and applicants’ protected health information to make employment decisions (such as hiring, FMLA leave, workplace drug screening, ADA accommodations, etc.), you must comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Ashley Kaplan and the legal team at G.Neil advise employers to be aware of these basics of the security rule:

  • The integrity, confidentiality and availability of electronic health information must be protected whether the covered entity creates, receives, stores or transmits the information.
  • The information must be protected against any reasonably anticipated threat or hazard to the security or integrity of such information.

The Security Rule includes many other administrative, physical and technical standards.

Editor’s Note:

Most covered entities with receipts over $5 million needed to comply by 4/21/05.

G.Neil, which has specialized in labor law and human resource solutions for more than 15 years, offers numerous tools to help employers comply with HIPAA, including its HIPAA Comprehensive Answer Kit. For more information or to request a catalog, call toll-free 1-800-999-9111 or visit http://www.gneil.com.

Based in Sunrise, Fla., G.Neil develops and markets thousands of “tools to manage and motivate people” to more than 1 million businesses nationwide. The privately held company specializes in products that keep employers out of court, along with HR forms and software, employment and substance testing, workplace safety solutions, and employee motivation products

For More Information, Contact:

Ashley Kaplan

954-514-2311

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