Protecting Your Privacy
Lifeline is preparing its organization to be fully compliant with the HIPAA Transaction, Privacy, and Security provisions. It has filed an Electronic Health Care Transactions and Code Sets Standards Model Compliance Plan to CMS (Confirmation number 1129642) as of September 10th, 2002.
Lifeline Systems, Inc is defined as a Hybrid organization under HIPAA. It's Government Services Division is considered a "Covered Entity" under the regulations and this division and the functions within the company that support this division will be compliant as a "Covered Entity".
For the vast majority of its business relationships, Lifeline is considered a "Business Associate" as it provides Personal Response and Support Services to the patients of Covered Entities on behalf of those Covered Entities. As such Lifeline will be compliant with HIPAA as a "Business Associate" to those organizations.
If you are a Lifeline Provider that uses Lifeline Monitoring Services your organization will receive the attached letter and in the mail regarding HIPAA compliance. This Addendum must be signed and returned to Lifeline by April 1, 2003.
Some of Lifeline's relationships are not directly covered by the HIPAA rules and regulations and will not be impacted.
Dan Joyce has been appointed Lifeline's "Privacy Official and Contact Person and will be responsible for all HIPAA planning, implementation and communications.
Please contact Mr. Joyce by:
E-mail at HIPAAPrivacyOfficial@lifelinesys.com
Or by phone at 1-800-451-0525 ext. 1025.
Written inquires should be directed to:
Dan Joyce HIPAA Privacy Official
Lifeline Systems, Inc.
111 Lawrence Street
Framingham, MA 01702
For more information about Administrative Simplification and Electronic Transactions Standards please visit www.cms.hhs.gov/hipaa. For more information about the implementation of Privacy Standards please visit the web site for the Office of Civil Rights at www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/.