Deadlines Approaching: HIPAA and Health Insurance Marketplace

There are two very important deadlines approaching.

HIPAA HITECH September 23rd: New rules for HIPAA go into effect September 23rd. Among these new rules is a definitely of Business Associate. You are a BA of a company subject to HIPAA if there is any chance that you may come into contact with Patient Healthcare Information (PHI). As you IT company we care about protecting PHI and that puts us into contact with it on occasion. You will need to have a BA agreement with us by September 23rd. I have a boiler plate document for that if you need one.

These new rules also include more specific language regarding your duty to encrypt patient information even while at rest on your server and other security measures.

<the information below is provided with permission by Cunningham & Associates a client of Harbor Computer Services>

Health Insurance Marketplace October 1st:

For your information — The health insurance marketplace (a/k/a the exchange) will begin enrolling individuals October 1, 2013. All employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which includes companies with at least one employee and $500,000 in annual revenue, must notify employees of the existence of the new health insurance marketplace not later than October 1, 2013.

The Department of Labor has posted information about the notification requirement along with two model notices (copies attached. ED: blogs do no allow for attachments please email amyATharborcomputerservices.net for copies), one for employers who offer a health plan and one for employers who do not offer a health plan. The content and delivery requirements and model notices can be found at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform/.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Pat and Jack Cunningham

 

– Amy

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