hc01Having Dental Malpractice Insurance is important, but it doesn’t cover fines and penalties for not following current legislation and laws. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in 1996 by US Congress to protect patient data with a set of established procedures that every profession must follow.

If you have protected health information (PHI) – which you do – you must follow a set of specific procedures for handling your patient data. The policies apply to both business associates (BA) and covered entities (CE).

BAs include anyone with access to sensitive patient information like:

• Secretaries

• Dental assistants

• Health insurance companies

• Pharmacies

• And more

CEs include anyone who provides dentistry, handles financial information, or operates the business like:

• Dentists

• Certified public accountants (CPAs)

• IT personnel

• Billing and coding Associates

• Attorneys

• And more