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."

Concurrent Grand Jury Calls For New Vocational Schools, Adding 4th Criminal Court Judge

Members of the Hamilton County Concurrent Grand Jury are recommending reopening of trade and vocational schools in high school education. A final report from the panel headed by Jimmy Anderson says the trade schools would "provide training and develop skills for productive workforce employment beyond minimum wage jobs that are not adequate to sustain an individual trying to ... (click for more)

City Council Approves Data Arrangement For Sewer Bills With California Firm

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City Officials Should Tour Our Roads - And Response (2)

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Roy Exum: Our Puzzling Women

After Rhonda Thurman left the “Enlightment” meeting of the Hamilton Country School Board Saturday afternoon, she must have been catching up on the news when she posted this message on her Facebook page: “I am really trying to understand. I am a woman and I cannot think of one "RIGHT" I do not have. Can someone enlighten me?” Not one person enlightened Rhonda because nobody could ... (click for more)

Big McClendon Curtis Leads Central Past Hixson

Central coach Rick Rogers knew this would be a long season for his Purple Pounder basketball team after his top seven players graduated last year. He’s exactly right, but things are headed in the right direction for Rogers as his team improved to 5-10 overall and 3-6 in District 6-AA with a heart-stopping one-point win at Hixson Monday night. That’s two wins in a row and the ... (click for more)

Cleveland, Bradley Central No. 1 And No. 2 In State Wrestling Poll

Now in its 25th year, The Poll is primarily a measure of  dual meet strength  with some consideration to individual tournament strength.   Votes are cast by a state-wide panel of high school wrestling coaches and are based on a maximum Power Ranking of 100%.   STATE POLL:   RANK ... (click for more)