Reports From the Field: URAC handbook explains HIPAA security rules
The lack of a final HIPAA security regulation means that your organization doesn’t have to provide security for your patient data, right? Wrong, according to a new handbook published by URAC. Your organization already has to protect patient data under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rule, the book points out.
HIPAA Handbook: What Your Organization Should Know About the Federal Security Rule is the third in a trilogy of books published by URAC focusing on HIPAA.
The book was issued to help the health care industry cope with the uncertainty surrounding the HIPAA data security regulation. It includes explanations and strategies by the national’s leading experts for meeting security requirements under HIPAA.
"The health care industry has been waiting for years for the final HIPAA security standard to be published. Nevertheless, regulators of all stripes believe that data security is good business practice and health care entities should not wait for the regulation," says Dennis Melamed, lead editor and author of the handbook.
The most recent publication is $65 and is available through the URAC web site at www.urac.org. The trilogy of HIPAA books is $175.