In this video, Gunster attorney Bruce Lamb, leader of the firm’s health care law practice, identifies HIPAA and the key elements that will determine whether your business is subject to its regulations.
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Is your business subject to HIPAA confidentiality regulations?
HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, aims to protect the privacy and security of health information.
The individuals, organizations and agencies that must comply with HIPAA requirements are known as covered entities.
Under certain circumstances, employers may be considered covered entities under HIPAA if they provide:
- self-funded or self-administered health insurance benefits to employees
- certain wellness programs, employee assistance programs, medical reimbursements accounts, or on-site clinics
Even business associates of a covered entity become liable for HIPAA compliance, in which case a business associate agreement can help both the covered entity and the business associate to manage their respective regulatory obligations.
A good first step for any business that receives protected health information is to perform an assessment to determine if it is a covered entity or business associate.
This will help you and your company find out what confidentiality obligations you may be subject to.