After the implementation of ICD-10 was delayed another year through the enactment of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to issue an interim final rule in the near future regarding the use of ICD-10.
Let’s talk about HIPAA privacy and security as it relates to scribes. The very nature of the scribe job description requires access to Protected Health Information (PHI); scribes enter information into the patient’s record at the direction of a provider and retrieve patient information from various sources on behalf of the provider. For this reason, it is imperative that HIPAA compliance is made a top priority during scribe training and continually monitored from a management perspective.
For the purposes of this blog post, we are going to focus on two main aspects of HIPAA compliance with regard to scribes: proper training and proper access.