Independence Blue Cross (Independence) is committed to protecting the privacy of our members’ personal health information. Part of that commitment is to comply with the privacy rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). That rule sets standards for covered entities, such as Independence, to protect personal health information and allow an individual access to his or her personal health information.
Independence has completed activities required for compliance with the privacy rule and has implemented policies and procedures necessary to protect the privacy of our members’ personal health information.
For more information, contact the Privacy Office.
HIPAA also requires that all payers be capable of performing transactions electronically if requested by providers, groups, or insurance companies; and that transactions must use a standard HIPAA-compliant format with regard to file formats, codes, identification numbers, etc. Examples of transactions that fall under these regulations include enrollment records, eligibility information, premium payments, claims submissions, and claims status.
IBC completed all internal system changes and processes to accept and handle the required electronic transactions.
The HIPAA regulations also include a security rule. Effective on April 21, 2005, the security rule set the standard to ensure the privacy of electronic protected health information. Independence has implemented the requirements of the rule and continually monitors and manages the required security controls. Independence continues to implement new technologies that improve the security of infrastructure beyond the requirements of the HIPAA security regulation.
For more information, contact the Security Office.