Last year, the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) required organizations that sponsored large health care plans (more than $5 million in premiums or claims) to start complying with new privacy rules. Starting April 14, smaller organizations that fall below that $5 million threshold must comply.
The basic privacy premise of HIPAA remains straightforward: Organizations can't disclose personal information related to an individual's health care except to the employee directly, to the government or if a signed consent form grants the OK to carry out treatment or payment.
For more details, access a copy of How to Comply with HIPAA's Health Care Privacy Rules at www.you-and-the-law.com/extra.
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- Handling layoffs with workers' comp claims pending
- Harassment: State LAD covers outside business relationships, too
- What's the hourly rate for family member caring for employee out on workers' comp?
- Reverse age bias is rarely an issue with early retirees