by Serena G. Simons and Peter N. Cizik
“What can you do as an employer to keep your HIPAA obligations and costs as small as possible?
The key to minimizing your compliance burden is whether you ‘see’ protected health information (PHI) in the course of administering your company’s group health plan. Note that hiring vendors will not insulate you completely. In general, if your vendor sees PHI on your behalf, then you are deemed to have seen it as well. If you and your vendors do not ‘see’ (i.e., receive) PHI, your compliance burden and costs will be significantly smaller. Therefore, your primary task as an employer that wishes to minimize its obligations, costs and risks under HIPAA will be to avoid seeing (receiving) PHI about your employees and their families. ”
– Believe it or not if you have health insurance for your employees then there is a good chance HIPAA will effect you. Learn about it now before you have to learn about it the hard way. -ed.