ASHP Offers Guidance on Implementing HIPAA Regulations
The daily activities of health-system pharmacists are greatly affected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). To help keep practitioners up-to-date with current regulations and other important information, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has developed an online resource center on its Web site, www.ashp.org.
The reference center, which is updated monthly, includes the text of the regulations, compliance deadlines, and a comprehensive library of articles from the Societys American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy and other respected health care publications categorized by each of the Acts major provisions. The site also includes links to a broad range of Web resources, including the Department of Health and Human Services Frequently Asked Questions site and information provided by Medicaid agencies in 48 states and the District of Columbia.
The references, compiled by ASHPs Section of Home, Ambulatory, and Chronic Care Practitioners, are on-line at http://www.ashp.org/homecare/HIPAA/index.cfm. The Society also hosts an e-mail discussion group that allows practitioners to exchange information and share their experiences in implementing HIPAA regulations.
ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, ambulatory care clinics, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long history of medication error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their professional practice, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs. For more information, visit ASHPs Web site, www.ashp.org or www.safemedication.com.