Do a Yahoo! search on HIPAA and you will get back 18,500 results. To help sort through the maze of the best HIPAA-related resources available on the Web, Eye on Info has compiled a list of Internet destinations that can help you quickly and easily locate the specific information you seek. Within most of the sites described here are links to other resources. Happy HIPAA hunting.
Department of Health and Human Services
Although its home page is a bit bulky, this is the main source of HIPAA information available from the federal government. On the site, you can read proposed and finalized rules and the public comments that have been submitted on each one. All of HHS' press releases on HIPAA are posted here, as are milestones and tentative schedules for the completion of HIPAA's various rules. The real guts of HIPAA, Administrative Simplification, are posted section by section; and a new area on the site answers questions about the only final rule, Transactions and Code Sets, which was published in the Federal Register in August.
Health Care Financing Administration
This site is a bit easier to navigate than HHS' site and is broken down by interest group: There are sections for consumers, state regulators, large and small employers, and self-funded nonfederal government plans. A HIPAA glossary is available here, as is a description of HCFA's involvement in HIPAA initiatives.
This site is where HIPAA's rules officially are published, both in preliminary and final form. Executive orders and notices are also available here. HIPAA-related items are not prominently posted on the site's main page, so you will have to search the site by date and keyword to find the information you're after.
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Washington Publishing Co.
This Rockville, Md.-based publishing company manages and distributes electronic data interchange information to fuel the development and implementation of EDI standards. The group's Web site offers free-of-charge implementation guides that help healthcare organizations implement transaction standards consistent with HIPAA's regulations.
Association for Electronic Health Care Transactions
This site offers technical "white papers" on such topics as transaction sequencing and testing/certification procedures. Workgroups featured on the site offer visitors specialized sections on: Medicare/Medicaid EDI, Administrative Simplification, Privacy and Security.
American Hospital Association
The AHA has dedicated a section of its Web site to HIPAA and compliance-related guidance. Also available on the site are steps you can take now to prepare for HIPAA's final rules and AHA's comments on the impact of those rules.
Center for Healthcare Information Management
CHIM's Web site offers a "HIPAA Portal," through which you can gain access to several valuable resources. Among them: CHIM's "Readiness Assessment Tool," a document designed to help assess the degree to which your organization is prepared for the security protocols mandated by HIPAA.
Sponsored by the Montgomery Village, Md.-based Phoenix Health Systems, a consulting and outsourcing services firm, this is the HIPAA hub on the Internet. In addition to regularly updated HIPAA news, the site offers three ways to review the proposed regulations online; several expert-written articles and answers to frequently asked questions; and an exhaustive review of technologies that can help achieve HIPAA compliance. HIPAAdvisory also includes a "forum" that enables you to communicate with peers about your HIPAA questions, concerns and ideas.
Available on 3Com's HIPAA site is the CPRI Toolkit, which was prepared by the Computer-based Patient Record Institute to help healthcare organizations develop HIPAA-ready information management and security initiatives. Also on this Web site are sample training materials to begin educating medical personnel about compliance with information security and patient privacy rules.