HIPAA regulations address the following key issues:
Portability - Since 1996, HIPAA has protected health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs. If you need more information or need proof of coverage under a CareFirst health plan, call Member Services, using the phone number on the back of your old ID card.
Privacy Standards - HIPAA created new rights for individuals that provide more control over the use and disclosure of, and access to their own confidential information. The compliance deadline for all covered entities was April 14, 2003.
Security Standards - All covered entities must take steps to assure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of protected health information (PHI). Security requirements for Privacy were completed by the April compliance deadline. All covered entities must implement policies and procedures, both administrative and technical, to keep PHI secure and confidential, when it is PHI that is electronically transmitted, stored or manipulated by April 2005.
Unique Identifiers - Another goal of HIPAA is to assign one identifying number to each provider, employer, health plan and individual. The National Employer ID will be used in transactions beginning in October 2003. Both the National Provider and Health Plan Identifier requirements have not been finalized.
Please review Frequently Asked Questions for more information about HIPAA and how CareFirst is responding to these new requirements.