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private or public healthcare entity that facilitates the processing of nonstandard electronic transactions into HIPAA transactions

Covered Entity

healthcare organization covered under HIPAA regulations

Covered Transactions

certain electronic transactions of healthcare information that are mandated under HIPAA

Employer Identification Number

number assigned to an employer for identification purposes

Employer Identifier Standard

a standard number based on an employer's tax ID number or EIN that is used for all electronic transmissions

Healthcare Plan

an individual or group plan that provides or pays for medical care

Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank

a national source of reports of actions taken against healthcare practitioners, providers and vendors for noncompliance or fraudulent activities

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HIPAA, regulates the privacy of patients health information

HIPAA Defined Permissions

permission to use information based on the reason for knowing or use of the information

Medical Informatics

the use of communication and information in medical practice, research and education

Minimum Necessary Standard

the reasonable effort a health care provider uses to limit disclosure of patient information

Notice of Privacy Practices

written statement that details the providers privacy practices

Office of Civil Rights

the federal office that investigates violations of HIPAA

Privacy Rule

meant to ensure that there is security of electronic transfer of information and disclosure of only the necessary information

Protected Health Information

relates to past, present and future individually identifiable health information


penalties or fines

States Preemption

when the state privacy laws are stricter than the privacy standards established by HIPAA


the use of communications and information technologies to provide healthcare services to people at a distance

Treatment, Payment and Healthcare Operations

functions that a healthcare provider can perform

HIPAA 1996

the objective of this act is to combat fraud, abuse and waste in health care, promote medical savings accounts and simplify the administration of health insurance

Administrative Simplification

Title II of HIPAA affects confidentiality issues for health care providers, Title II is also known as...


life insurers, information systems vendors and universities are all covered under this

Fraud Alerts

these types of health care alerts are issued by the Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Department


these people who wish to obtain individually identifiable medical information must obtain a patient authorization that complies with the rules set by HIPAA


HIPAA does not allow complete disclosure of patient information by an...


violation of this is a federal criminal offense

Wireless Local Area Networks

used by physicians and nurses to access patient records from central databases and add patient observations and assessments to databases


the federal office known as Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Center investigates violations of this...


original intent of this is to protect computerized medical records and billing and provide easier access of medical records for the patient


an exception to the release of information policy under HIPAA would allow information to be released to who investigating a crime


law stipulates that the patient may sue over privacy violations and may register a complaint to the government


signed authorizations and any agreements with patients restricting disclosure of PHI should be retained for a period of how many years

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