Integra has monitored the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) since it was signed into law on August 21, 1996. HIPAA standards were designed to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the healthcare system by standardizing the interchange of electronic data for specified administrative and financial transactions. The goal is to bring data-standard unity to healthcare transactions and provide assurance that confidential patient information will be as safe as, or safer than, paper-based patient records.
HIPAA continues to have a significant impact on the healthcare industry, and Integra believes that meeting these challenges requires understanding of the standards, committing resources to development, and working closely with technology partners.
Integra has applied National Council for Prescription Drug Programs, Inc. (NCPDP) standards and guidelines to business practices for over 10 years. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has designated NCPDP as one of six Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) to maintain HIPAA transaction standards; the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is another of HHS’s SDOs. QS/1 continues to closely monitor both NCPDP and ANSI standards.
Integra, its systems, software and networks are HIPAA compliant based on today’s standards.
For more information on Integras continued commitment to all HIPAA related initiatives, please log in to www.qs1support.com or clients.integragroup.com/.
Sample BAA from HHS
Further questions on HIPAA, or the submission of a Business Associate Agreement, can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.