Are Hospital Treatment Checks Regulated By HIPAA?
In a word – No!
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal statute.
The Act involves a number of issues that are not related to the privacy of health records. However, the part of HIPAA that does relate to health records and provides for severe penalties for violations is the Privacy Rule, which became effective on April 14, 2003.
There are no private causes of action permitted under HIPAA. The only agencies authorized to regulate HIPAA are The United States Department of Justice for criminal cases, and the Department of Health and Human Services for civil matters. Both agencies have issued legal opinions stating that their respective enforcement of the provisions of HIPAA apply only to “covered entities” including:
- Health Care Clearinghouses
Entities that are not regulated by HIPAA and therefore cannot violate the ACT include:
- Life Insurers
- Casualty Insurers
- Workers Compensation Insurers
- Factel, Inc.
Since neither Factel, Inc. nor its clients are covered entities under HIPAA, the Act does not apply to the information contained in Hospital Treatment Check reports. Further, Factel Inc. does not access medical records and Factel reports do not contain medical information.
Factel Hospital Treatment Checks are available nationwide – and you can get same day service!
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