Part I of our HIPAA series discussed the importance of protecting patient data, or protected health information (PHI). In part II, let’s cover how to employ HIPAA best practices before, during and after your nutrition consults at your office, thus ultimately protecting your clients and practice as a result.
One of the most important considerations when it comes to working with clients is being cognizant of their protected health information (PHI). PHI includes any information that can be used to identify a patient such as name, telephone number, social security number, etc. PHI has been protected since 1996 by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). While the specific provisions for compliance are constantly updated, the core principles remain the same: it is the responsibility of a covered entity to protect patient information and report any breaches.