Hipaa And Healthcare

Written by Dina Kayed
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Prior to the introduction of HIPAA regulations, the healthcare industry was laboring under the weight of an often dysfunctional system with inconsistent and often insecure standards. Hardworking people were routinely denied health coverage for unclear or unjust reasons. Professionals and the public alike understood that some serious adjustments were necessary.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is the federal law introduced by the Clinton Administration to attempt to remedy some of these serious problems. In particular, its primary aim is to offer people a level of confidentiality, privacy, and security that they did not enjoy before. HIPAA was also designed to combat healthcare fraud and abuse.

The Effect of HIPAA on Healthcare

HIPAA delivers specific recommendations to help institutions create compliant systems. Most important, healthcare documentation systems have been updated to conform with HIPAA regulations. There is no longer endless paperwork to contend with, and the whole process is faster and more accurate. Electronic documentation has helped healthcare institutions by saving them both time and money. Updating records no longer requires large numbers of personnel; a smaller number of people with computers can now do the job more efficiently.

Most healthcare institutions have found it difficult to implement HIPAA regulations; the process is certainly time-consuming and often inconvenient. However, the benefits are evident. It has given these institutions the opportunity to reorganize their systems, and has taught them important planning and self-assessment methods. Serious penalties can be imposed if HIPAA regulations are not complied with, which is an added incentive for ensuring complete compliance with this federal law.

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