In 1996, Congress passed HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).This act protects private health information so that only appropriate entities have access to personal health care records. Health care providers affected by HIPAA include physicians, nursing homes, chiropractors and dentists. Health plans and health care clearinghouses must also stay HIPAA compliant. Proper disposal of patient information is one of the criteria that must be met in order to satisfy HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.
Proper disposal includes destroying the private information in such a way that it is rendered permanently unreadable. A document shredding service is the best way to ensure the information is completely destroyed. The company used for service should be HIPAA Certified and provide a Certificate of Destruction.
Document shredding companies offer several services including:
Whichever document destruction method you choose, be sure the shredding service is reliable, dependable and most importantly, HIPAA Compliant.Protect Your Clients’ Privacy with Secure Shredding