Ask the Expert
This month’s selection:
I am currently employed at a boarding home for mentally ill adults. Our facility conducts the majority of daily business via paper. The bookkeeping records are managed by a secured computer database (storehouse), but the notification of billing is facilitated by the U.S. Postal Service.
I have read through various online documents to see whether our agency would be classified as a covered entity. While it appears as though the boarding home is not a covered entity, I am wondering whether there are any federal regulations by which a workplace such as this one must abide. Can you provide me any assistance in this?
I just read an archived article on your website, “Pulp Protection: Securing Paper-based Medical Records” by Hannah Fiske, and I would like help in getting more information regarding resources about regulation of paper records.
Risa Salters MSW, MHP, CMHS
Compliance Officer, Sunshine Health Facilities
Spokane Valley, Wash.
To determine whether a business is a covered healthcare provider for purposes of HIPAA, two questions must be asked:
A boarding home for mentally ill adults does furnish, bill, and receive payment for healthcare. Since the bookkeeping records are “managed by a secured computer database,” they are transmitted electronically, so this would make the boarding home a covered entity under HIPAA.
— Kathy Jakeway is director of legal and legislative affairs for MRO Corp.