Corporate Compliance

New database for tracking HIPAA complaints underway

Compliance Monitor, July 13, 2005

New database for tracking HIPAA complaints underway

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the formation of a new system to track complaints that entities have violated patient privacy.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Information Tracking System will be managed by the Office of E-Health Standards and Services, which oversees enforcement of HIPAA's administrative simplification, according to Health Data Management.

The purpose of the system, according to the July 6 Federal Register, is to

  • support regulatory, reimbursement and policy function performed within CMS, HIPAA entities, or by a contractor or consultant

  • Assist other federal or state agencies in the enforcement of HIPAA regulations where sharing the information is necessary to complete the processing of a complaint, contribute to the accuracy of CMS' proper payment of Medicare benefits, and/or enable such agency to administer a federal health benefits program

  • Support constituent requests to a congressional representative

  • Support litigation involving CMS

  • Combat fraud and abuse in certain health benefits programs
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