Corporate Compliance

Q&A: HITECH insurance policies

Compliance Monitor, April 28, 2010

Q: Does HITECH supersede our contracts with third-party health insurance policies if the patient pays for the office visit in cash?

A: HITECH gives patients the right to restrict disclosure of their health information for billing purposes for any services for which they have paid in full. In these situations, you may not bill insurance companies or even disclose that you provided services.

Mary D. Brandt, MBA, RHIA, CHE, CHPS answered this question in the May 2010 issue of the HCPro newsletter Briefings on HIPAA. For more information about this newsletter visit the HCMarketplace.

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