The purpose of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system by standardizing the electronic exchange of administrative and financial data and to protect the security and privacy of protected health information (PHI). As a healthcare provider who conducts transactions electronically, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is considered a covered entity under the rule and required by federal law to implement these standards and regulations.
The regulations are comprised of three essential areas:
The Office of Compliance and Audit Services HIPAA Division is staffed by the following professionals:
Shoshana Milstein, CHC, CHP, RHIA, CCS - Vice President, Compliance and Audit Services / HIPAA Privacy Officer
Vanessa Carter - Executive Assistant
Alexandra Bliss, CHC, CPHIT, CPEHR - Director of Compliance
Ingrid Morris, MA, CCS-P - Compliance Training & Coding Documentation Manager