Corporate Compliance

Q&A: HITECH and third-party insurance policies

Compliance Monitor, May 26, 2010

Q: Does the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act 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 June 2010 issue of the HCPro newsletter Health Information Compliance Insider. For more information about this newsletter visit the HCMarketplace.

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