At Pacific Rim Pathology, we strive for the highest quality of care and service that exemplifies integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior from every member of our team. Our physicians and laboratory professionals are compliant with state laws and regulatory requirements to provide quality testing governed by Joint Commission, the Department of Health, and CLSI.
HIPAA is an acronym that stands for the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191, which amends the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986, and was formerly known as the Kennedy-Kassebaum Act.
HIPAA Privacy Regulations went into effect April 14, 2003. The Privacy Regulations set forth the standards, requirements and implementation specifications applicable to covered entities with respect to protected health information and the privacy of individually identifiable health information.
HIPAA Security Rule adopts standards for the security of electronic protected health information to be implemented by health plans and health care providers. Under this rule, Pacific Rim must assure our patients, providers, and health plans that the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of electronic protected health information that we collect, maintain, use or transmit is protected.
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) enforces California Privacy laws and requires licensed facilities to protect the privacy of patient’s medical information, prevent unlawful or unauthorized access, use or disclosure and report unlawful or unauthorized access, use or disclosure of medical information within 15 business days after breach detection unless there is a delay by law enforcement. The term “Unauthorized” means the inappropriate access, review, or viewing of patient health information without a direct need for medical diagnosis, treatment, or other lawful use as permitted by California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA).