South Mississippi Regional Center
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) provides higher levels of security and confidentiality for citizens’ protected health information. This federal law affects the individuals who receive SMRC services and each employee of the agency.
Prepared in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, South Mississippi Regional Center’s Notice of Privacy Practices illustrates the use or disclosure of health information, circumstances under which SMRC is permitted or required to use or disclose health information without consent or authorization, when SMRC may not use or disclose health information, and consumer rights concerning disclosure of health information.
Effective April 2005, SMRC ensured ongoing compliance of the HIPAA security standards, as outlined by HHS and the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. The security standard has four core requirements:
•ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all electronic protected health information SMRC creates, receives, maintains, or transmits;
•protect against any reasonable anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of such information;
•protect against any reasonably anticipated uses or disclosures of such information that are not permitted or required under the privacy regulations; and
•ensure compliance by its employees.
While federal HIPAA compliance activities have been complex, SMRC remains committed to providing quality care of individuals with intellectual disability and other development disabilities through an integrated service delivery system involving community-based and residential treatment programs.
For more information about HIPAA, feel free to contact SMRC’s Risk Management.