The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 mandates the standardization of electronic patient health, administrative and financial data, unique health identifiers for individuals, employers, health plans and health care providers and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure full compliance with the standards for primary or individual health information and electronic data interchange.
Cedar Financial is fully HIPAA compliant, and is committed to protecting the privacy and security of all Protected Health Information (PHI) that received or created in the course of our debt recovery efforts. As defined by HIPAA, the Business Associate Agreement enables our clients (defined as the "covered entity") to provide Cedar Financial ("the business associate"), with the relevant demographic and PHI needed to perform the function of "payment," in this case the process of recovering unpaid medical accounts. Cedar collects the minimum PHI necessary to complete collections, which is defined as payment (45 CFR 164.502b). Cedar Financial receive two-tier education and regular training updates. Only specially trained administrative staff manages, processes and stores all incoming PHI. For added security, Cedar Financial uses levels of system privileges for controlling access to your patient data.