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Companies seek URAC security accreditation
Ten companies operating in more than 20 different sites across the nation are in the process of seeking accreditation under URAC’s HIPAA Security Accreditation Program for Covered Entities and Business Associates. URAC president Gary Carneal says the commitment to security shown by those who are seeking accreditation "sets an excellent example for covered entities and business associates alike."
With a strong emphasis on the fundamentals of ongoing risk management, URAC’s HIPAA Security Accreditation program enables health care organizations to validate their security compliance program and demonstrate to their customers and business partners that they have taken the necessary steps to safeguard protected health information as required by the HIPAA security rule.
The companies seeking accreditation include American Specialty Health, Inc., and its affiliates, American Specialty Health Plans of California, American Specialty Health Networks, American Specialty Insurance Co., and Healthyroads; Health Ink & Vitality Communications; Imogen Systems; MedRisk Inc.; National Imaging Associates Inc.; and Wausau Benefits.
URAC HIPAA Security Accreditation is awarded for a two-year period, at the end of which an accredited organization must submit a reaccreditation application for URAC’s review before accreditation is granted for an additional two-year periods.
More information on the program is available at www.urac.org.
HIPAA.ICC.NET started to facilitate transmission
Internet Commerce Corp. says it has created a new service to address the need for health care payers and providers to exchange health care transactions that conform with HIPAA requirements. The new service, known as HIPAA.ICC.NET, incorporates software from eServices Corp. as well as that company’s expertise in the new health care transaction requirements.
The company says that HIPAA.ICC.NET provides for seamless transmission of the HIPAA standard transactions between payers and providers.
"In today’s health care environment, controlling costs is a major challenge," says ICC marketing vice president Arnold Capstick. "This new capability is aimed at providing a highly reliable, secure, accurate service at transaction prices that are more cost-effective than the current norm in the health care industry. HIPAA.ICC.NET allows users to comply with HIPAA regulations with a minimal investment of time and money."