The Need for HIPAA Compliant Medical Billing Software

Posted by steelersmb
March 6, 2011
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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) includes seven sets of rules that will affect your medical practice. The Department of Health and Human Services, or DHHS, issued these in the form of the “”Notice of Proposed Rule Making”” or NPRM. Every practice, regardless of size, must comply with HIPAA privacy, security and transactional laws. This covers most everything in your practice, including a medical billing software. When you are shopping for a medical billing software, ask how and for whom the system was designed, and whether the data will be safe and secure on backed-up, protected, HIPAA-compliant servers accessible only to authorized persons. Look for companies who provide a medical billing software with free updates to ensure continued efficiency and HIPAA compliance.

The new HIPAA standards require huge changes to how healthcare organizations deal with their patient information, including coding, security, patient record management, reimbursement and also care management. Clearly your approach to a medical billing software compliant with HIPAA must include a serious investigation of software security. Most computer experts will agree that there is no such thing as absolute computer or software security, so working closely with your HIPAA software providers to help determine data deficiencies is surely a good idea. A medical billing software that is HIPAA Complaint can be easily expanded to meet future needs, and can be targeted directly to the size and complexity of your practice. Options for new HIPAA compliant software have never been better, as there is unlimited scalability, a wide range of customization choices, and a large selection of useful features that will prevent patients’ privacy from being compromised. Since most medical billing software packages are now designed to be HIPAA compliant, it is just a matter of choosing the right software for your practice.

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