As the health care industry adopts and implements more information technology and embraces “remote” employees and contractors, a computer literate workforce educated in utilizing confidential patient data is needed. Telecommuters and independent contractors in the fields of medical coding, billing, and transcription need to be cognizant of federal legislation regarding health information privacy, security, and the relevant safeguards required to protect the confidential patient data in their possession. This report offers guidance on implementing Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) regulations and other privacy and security rules as they apply to the home-based health information worker. Common sense coupled with computer literacy and a wealth of free information available on the Internet are factors for success.
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