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HIPAA Compliant Printing and Mailing Services

  • HIPAA laws require that all transmissions occur without breach of people’s data privacy.
  • It is done to safeguard people’s interests and protect their personal records. 
  • Healthcare and Insurance care providers can only deal with direct mail vendors that are HIPAA compliant.
  • Other companies that deal with PHI (Public Health Information) in some way or the other need to take care of HIPAA compliances relevant to them.
  • PostGrid’s operation and print and mail print partners are completely compliant with HIPAA framework and standards ensuring sensitive information remains confidential and data processing is handled in a safe and secure manner 

Public Health Information

  • When it comes to complying with the HIPAA laws, there is no way that you can miss them out. Even a single violation can lead to the imposition of heavy penalties and several lawsuits. 
  • To avoid any hassles and violations, you need to be clear about the terms laid out under PHI. Always be fully informed about the terms and keep it as a decisional factor in all your operations. 
  • PHI refers to any information about individuals through which their identity and medical records can be revealed. 
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Details That Count as PHI

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Health conditions and plans
  • Phone number
  • Medical records
  • IP address
  • Bank account number or any financial information
  • Social security number
  • Vehicle information
  • Links to any website or page
  • Certificate numbers
  • Biometric identifiers
  • Facial images

What is HIPAA?

  • The “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act” was enacted in 1996 by the 104th United States Congress for two prime reasons: to regulate the use of PHI and protect it from misuse and fraud, and to make sure all workers get health insurance benefits while shuffling between jobs.
  • HIPAA guidelines for mailing services are a must follow when sending direct mail. It applies to pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, insurance industries, and more. HIPAA compliant mailing ensures that everything you send contains all the information in a more secure manner.
  • Health information related to medical equipment, finances, and other private information is not displayed on HIPAA compliant mailings. HIPAA protection extends to a wide range of categories, some of which may seem obvious, but many of them are not.
  • Title 2 of the HIPAA law explicitly mentions the “privacy rule,” which was brought into effect in 2003. This rule states the use and maintenance of PHI.
  • In simple terms, healthcare providers and related companies in the industry cannot sell their patients’ data and should keep it confidential.
  • There are some exceptions, like: healthcare providers can use this information to promote their products and services to their patients.
  • Broadly, HIPAA is applicable to companies in any field that deals with the collection and storage of PHI.
  • Businesses are required to comply with HIPAA regulations in the US to avoid legal hassles that can also tarnish a company’s reputation forever.
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HIPAA Mailing Services: The Whats & Whys

HIPAA mailing services are critical to maintaining overall compliance while sending the mail items. It is essential for the business responsible to serve their clients while protecting themselves against any type of legal ramifications.

Furthermore, a HIPAA mailing service is an effective way to help a business differentiate its services from others in the marketplace and understand the value of compliance. Some of the HIPAA mailing services includes:

  • Explanation of Benefits
  • Explanation of Coverage
  • Breach of security notifications
  • Scholarly mailers highlighting medical procedures
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Covered Entities under HIPAA

  • HIPAA states certain classes of professionals as ‘covered entities” to simplify the law. These covered entities include health insurance companies, healthcare providers, healthcare clearinghouses, and employer health plans.
  • Cloud hosting firms, SMS, faxing, and emailing service providers are not excluded under any provisions. They have to follow all the HIPAA regulations.
  • Companies storing PHI in electronic forms are also not excluded. Such organizations are termed as “business associates” who take information from the covered entities to provide their services.
  • All business associates should sign a “business associate agreement” to assist their clients in following the HIPAA rules.

Entities That are Excluded

  • The provisions of this act have excluded postal services and carrier providers like the USPS, FedEx, and UPS.
  • It is because of the fact that – these mail providers merely transport the PHI-related documents from one place to another.
  • They are not involved in holding or storing this data for a long period.
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HIPAA Guidelines for Direct Mail Service Providers

  • HIPAA sets various privacy regulations for individuals’ personal information and medical data. 
  • It primarily affects companies in the healthcare sector, but all other industries and businesses making use of PHI in any way come under the provisions of HIPAA.
  • The direct mail industry uses patients’ medical information while sending HIPAA compliant direct mail on behalf of healthcare providers. 
  • They deal with the medical documents of thousands of patients, making them business associates under the law.
  • Though the information is used only for mailing purposes, it is still stored and maintained by the direct mail service providers.
  • Therefore, all businesses in the direct mail industry should compulsorily follow HIPAA laws and provisions.
  • They must go through certain audits and get themselves HIPAA certified.

HIPAA and PostGrid

  • HIPAA is not all about getting a single audit done and receiving a certification. It is an ongoing process that needs to be followed throughout the life of a business. 
  • If you are a company, whether in the healthcare industry or not, and are looking to send medical documents or direct mail – PostGrid can help you print and mail them under HIPAA regulations effortlessly. 
  • You need not deal with the stress of sending your documents and direct mail while also following the necessary laws. PostGrid solves these problems for you easily. 
  • You can be assured that our data handling experts always follow strict instructions and undergo a lot of procedures that are meant to keep your data private in all forms. 
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More Details on PostGrid’s HIPAA Compliance

  • We continuously strive to maintain all the data security procedures that help us deal with PHI obtained safely and legally from various organizations. 
  • PostGrid has enforced the highest data protection standards and confidentiality.
  • It is applicable to all organizations’ data, irrespective of whether they fall under the category of covered entities or not.
  • The rigorous processes and training we have gone through can ensure that your data is safe with us. You can avail of our print and mail services with complete peace of mind.

Importance of HIPAA compliant framework and practices

  • Insecure data handling infrastructure can lead to a number of mishaps – making it mandatory to get yourself a HIPAA compliant services provider. 
  • Any data breach or theft can lead to potential lawsuits and fines. Your vendor should also have the necessary resources and technology to be able to protect the PHI they are dealing with. 
  • Only the companies that clear the audits and get the clearances can deal with PHI. 
  • To get HIPAA compliance, print and mail companies should undergo certain training in specific areas that are critical to data security. 
  • Every party involved should follow the necessary steps and instructions.
  • PostGrids’ entire data processing and print and mail partnership are compliant with HIPAA standards ensuring all frameworks and standards are adhered to.
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All companies dealing with PHI should specifically focus on:

  • Backup management
  • Physical safety
  • System integrity
  • Access permission levels
  • Audit control
  • Transmission security
  • Data maintenance
  • Data handling methods

PostGrid's Security Measures

  • Technically, we accept details or private patient statement information only through SSL or TLS, ensuring that everything is encrypted. 
  • For better security, all the files are deleted automatically after use. PostGrid does not retain any documents or information, as they are automatically deleted from the servers once the purpose is served. 
  • Usernames and passwords are also protected. All operators have to undergo security checks to verify their identities – before accessing any of your data. 
  • Physically, PostGrid is hosted on Amazon web servers to ensure maximum security, and only approved users can access them.
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HIPAA Compliant Print and Mail Solutions for the Healthcare Industry

  • Reduce the time and effort required to print and mail patients’ medical reports and healthcare documents. 
  • Use PostGrid to cut down costs, accelerate marketing, and keep the revenue cycle running. 
  • Whether you are a small dental clinic or a big healthcare institution, PostGrid’s HIPAA-compliant solution can help you draft, organize, print, and mail your documents efficiently and without any data breach worries. 
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  • You can improve your patient experience and process patient billing securely with us.

Some examples of healthcare documents that can be printed and mailed with PostGrid are:

  • Test reports
  • Medical Invoices or Bills
  • Medical Receipts
  • EOB (Explanation of Benefits)
  • EOC (Explanation of Coverage)
  • Patient notices and letters
  • Medical statements
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Business Associate Agreement

  • PostGrid can enter into a business associate agreement if required by you. 
  • An official format is followed as per the sample posted on the website of the US Department of Health & Human Services. 
  • With PostGrid, you can be sure that your data is safe, private, and confidential – as we have invested in our data privacy processes heavily. 

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