Syosset, NY (PRWEB) May 9, 2006
C&B Consulting Group, a strategically-focused benefits advisory firm, today announced the release of Simplifying HIPAA, their newly updated HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule compliance guide.
Simplifying HIPAA is specifically designed to be a convenient reference source for employers and other health plan sponsors who may not have a staff of experts to guide them through the complexities of compliance with the Privacy and Security Rules. When questions arise regarding any Privacy or Security Rule issue, benefit managers can access a copy of the guide, find the brief discussion on the issue involved, and easily determine how to deal with it. The guide also contains four valuable appendices that contain samples of useful forms, such as a Model Authorization Form, which can prove to be very practical while striving to remain in compliance with the new rules.
James Buonfiglio, President of C&B Consulting Group, believes that the new HIPAA compliance guide is a great asset for any health or benefit plan sponsor. “In many cases, companies can not afford to check with legal counsel every time a privacy or security issue arises,” said Buonfiglio. “Simplifying HIPAA will provide value by not only helping resolve these issues as they occur, but also by teaching plan administrators how to properly secure, use, and disclose all individually identifiable health information in a HIPAA compliant manner.”
Essentially, the HIPAA Privacy Rule imposes limitations on how Protected Health Information (PHI) may be used and disclosed by one’s health plan. The security provision of the HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes a methodology by which health plans must identify security problems and then implement security measures for PHI that is transmitted and retained in electronic form. C&B’s new HIPAA guide serves as a step by step checklist to help ensure health plan sponsors conform to these rules. Health care providers and large group health plans had until April 21, 2005 to comply with the HIPAA Security Rule, while small group health plans had until April 21, 2006.
C&B Consulting Group, established in 1992, is a leading benefits advisory firm that helps organizations design, secure and manage cost-effective benefits programs. The firm’s benefits expertise is supported by services and resources that help control costs, reduce administrative burdens, and improve employee relations. For further information, please contact Russell Hoernig at (516) 247-1979.
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