Signal Approves Resolution Ensuring Compliance With New HIPAA Requirements

Monday, August 12, 2013 - by Judy Frank
New federal requirements for group health care plans were the impetus for a resolution passed Monday by Signal Mountain Council members.
 
The resolution authorizes town manager Chris Dorsey to enter into a business associate agreement with the town’s insurance carrier, Russ Blakely and Associates, requiring compliance with tighter Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act rules issued this year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The measure requires Russ Blakely to comply with “HIPAA, the HITECH ACT, and all pertinent regulations issued by (HHS) and/or the Final Omninus Rule related to the exchange of protected health insurance information of any individual covered by insurance policies provided by the plan.

In addition. the contract stipulates, “the Business Associate acknowledges that by accepting the (personal health information) from Covered Entity, it becomes a holder of medical records information under Tennessee state law and is subject to the provisions of Tennessee state law. Of the HIPAA privacy or security rules and Tennessee state law conflict regarding the degree of protection provided for (personal health information), Business Associate shall comply with the more restrictive protection requirement."

Juan Lopez, 19, Seriously Injured In "Car Surfing" Accident

Juan Lopez, 19, was seriously injured in a "car surfing" accident in Whitfield County. The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office responded on Thursday at approximately 9:34 p.m., to a serious injury incident in a subdivision off Cleveland Highway. Upon arriving on Beulah Drive, the responding officer found Miguel Gomez sitting in the middle of the road holding Mr. Lopez, who ... (click for more)

TBI Hosts Drug Take-Back Day On Saturday

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation joins the Drug Enforcement Administration for a program  this Saturday  that gives Tennesseans a chance to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription pills. From  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  this Saturday, residents can drop off pills or patches to be disposed of at locations all across ... (click for more)

White Coat Syndrome And The Medical System - And Response (2)

Today I wish to share what I am feeling as a patient in our medical system. I am too old to put on airs at this point, and this is too pervasive of a problem for me to contain.   As I enter my AARP years, I am faced with so many medical encounters that evoke all kinds of uncomfortable feelings. I dread physician’s appointments riddled with government regulatory hypocrisy, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: County Commissioners Not Getting Bang For Their School Bucks

The Hamilton County School Board passed a balanced budget to present to the County Commission at a Special Called Meeting on Thursday night. They also attached a prioritized list of $24.5 million in critical needs for the County Commission to consider that will never see the light of day. The long and short of it is easy to see -- the County Commissioners have had enough. It ... (click for more)

Sales' Grand Slam Leads Lady Owls To 6-2 Comeback Win

Cheyenne Sales came close to hitting two home runs on Tuesday. She atoned for those close calls a day later with a grand slam in a five-run fourth inning and powered Ooltewah to a 6-2 victory over gritty East Hamilton in District 5-3A softball action at Jim Lovell Field. “That’s the first grand slam I’ve hit this season,” said Sales, who finished with five RBIs. “The pitch ... (click for more)

Prep Tennis: Hixson Girls, Red Bank Boys Win District Titles

Playing for the District 6 A-AA tennis title, it came down to No.2 doubles with the overall match tied at 4 all. Hixson’s Amy Carranza and Sydney Buckner defeated Grace Brown and Cheyenne Cummings, of Red Bank, 8-6, Thursday at the Hixson Rec Center courts to give the host Wildcats the district championship, 5-4, for the second straight year and fourth title in five years. ... (click for more)