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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act applies to company health plans and all business associates, including advisers, who help the employer carry out its health care activities and functions. It requires confidential handling of protected health information and mandates industry-wide standards for health care information on electronic billing and other processes. To avoid HIPAA compliance issues, Margaret Davino, a partner at the Fox Rothschild law firm suggests these tips.
1) Make sure your security risk analysis encompasses all entities within your “family.”
Don’t just analyze your electronic health record, but focus on each entity and location from which protected health information might be stolen or lost, Davino says.