Definition Thursday: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)


Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA):

A federal law that allows persons to qualify immediately for comparable health insurance coverage when they change their employment relationships. HIPAA also seeks to establish standardized mechanisms for electronic data interchange (EDI), security, and confidentiality of all healthcare-related data.

FInd out more about HIPAA requirements here.

Finding the appropriate electronic medical record (EMR) software for your practice can be a daunting task. There are literally hundreds of choices available and many factors to consider. The quality and work flow of your practice depend on your making the right selection, as does your ability to collect payments from the U.S. government. To make matters worse, most information sources out there utilize a myriad of abbreviations and acronyms further complicating the process and causing frustration. To help minimize this, each Thursday Blog will publish a relevant abbreviation or acronym you will come across during your EMR software search!

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