When it comes to the work at home profession and the medical field there are a great deal of concerns when it comes to how safe and how private is the patient’s vital information when it comes to their medical care. Billing and coding professionals is a very closely watched group when it comes to these questions on patient privacy. While this is a normal concern with billers and coders that work in a medical facility but this concern is heightened when it comes to those of you who work from home on your own computer.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Regulations and Rules
Any and all in the billing and coding field work from home or not have to understand and commit to the rules and regulations set forth by HIPPA. Failure to comply with the rules and regulation can have some detrimental consequences on you as a person and on the future of your career in any field where you are dealing with patient or customer privacy. HIPPA in short offer any one whose medical information is going to be provided to a medical office is protected by the federal government.
According to the HIPPA laws the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General OIG) have to assist in enforcing these laws. Just like billing and coding specialists that work at a medical office you will be dealing with patients that from various backgrounds and with various health insurance carriers and plans from Medicaid, Tricare, Medicare, private and commercial insurance companies. Great care needs to be shown since there is a wealth of private information included in the insurance plans and not just in their medical records.
Work at home medical billing and coding jobs are out there but they are very difficult to find, so if you want to ensure a successful career in the at home field it is up to you to make sure you are dotting every ‘i’ and crossing every ‘t’. Follow the rules and the regulations since they are there to protect you, the patient and the provider. The best way to look at it is if you were to put yourself in the patients shoes, your medical records has your home address, social security number, ID number and even possibly the name and phone numbers of close families and friends. Would you want your information laid out for anyone and everyone to see? This could put you at risk for identity theft among other things.
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