Medical Business Office, Inc. (MBO) is a professional Medical Billing Service providing end-to-end Revenue Cycle Management for physicians and facilities.

Back “in the day” when billing was simple, prior to so many government regulations, there wasn’t much of a need for a blog or a website.  Today, however, one depends on websites and blogs to help keep them abreast of what’s to come next in our maze of billing.

Today, I would like to discuss HIPAA and the 18 HIPAA Identifiers.  You already know about HIPAA and the goal of such.  Likewise, you already know that the privacy rules enforce policies designed to protect any/all individuals personal, identifiable health information from being transmitted in a manner that could be stolen and converted to compromise the individuals’ protected and personal health information.  As a provider, you are required to “de-identify” any information that could be used to identify, contact or locate a single person, even when used in conjuction with other sources.  When personally identifiable information is used with one’s physical, mental condition, health care or one’s payment for health care, it becomes Protected Health Information, aka PHI.

What are the identifiers outlined in HIPAA as requiring removal in order to de-identify an individual?

  • Name
  • Address (all geographic subdivisions smaller than state, including street address, city, county and zip code)
  • All elements (except years) of dates related to an individual (including birthdate, admission date, discharge date, date of death and exact age if over 89)
  • Telephone Numbers
  • Fax Numbers
  • Email address
  • Social Security Number
  • Medical Record Number
  • Health plan beneficiary number
  • Account Number
  • Certificate or license number
  • Any vehicle or other device serial number
  • Web URL
  • Internet Protocol (IP) address
  • Finger or voice print
  • Photographic Image-Photographic Images are not limited to images of the face
  • Any other characteristic that could uniquely identify the individual

Medical Business Office, Inc. (MBO) takes HIPAA, security, privacy and compliance very serious.  In addition to providing a professional Medical Billing Service with end-to-end Revenue Cycle Management, all other components are part of our process.

Give us a call at 573.634.7155 and let’s discuss how MBO and your office can team up to streamline not only your billing, but ensure complete compliance.