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A peer-reviewed article written by Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is well known to all healthcare providers and everyone who has visited any healthcare facility. The need to protect the personal and medical information of patients is the primary reason for the enactment of HIPAA in 1996. HIPAA is very complex, making compliance difficult. Additionally, patient comanagement and communication among a variety of facilities including labs, specialists, diagnostic and imaging centers, among many others, have further complicated compliance across the spectrum of patient care. Companies that facilitate secure communication and assistance with HIPAA compliance provide protection for covered entities and the patient as well.
HIPAA complexities and compliance issues – Educational objectives:
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the basic HIPAA regulations
2. Discuss HIPAA updates
3. Define “individually identifiable health information” and “covered entities”
4. Discuss secure communication among facilities participating in patient care
RICHARD H. NAGELBERG, DDS, has practiced general dentistry in suburban Philadelphia for more than 30 years. He is a speaker, advisory board member, consultant, and key opinion leader for several dental companies and organizations. He lectures on a variety of topics centered on understanding the impact dental professionals have beyond the oral cavity.
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