SAMHSA, the Office for Civil Rights, and the
Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS)—all
within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—offer
a variety of resources to help providers comply with HIPAA:
- SAMHSA's HIPAA Web
page at www.hipaa.samhsa.gov
offers a wealth of information, including:
- A searchable database of documents related to HIPAA
- An updated list of procedure codes for mental health
and substance abuse treatment
- Audioconferences on different HIPAA standards
- A document called The Confidentiality of Alcohol
and Drug Abuse Patient Records Regulation and the
HIPAA Privacy Rule: Implications for Alcohol and
Substance Abuse Programs (under development).
- The HHS Office
for Civil Rights, the Agency responsible for enforcing
the HIPAA Privacy Rule, has a Web site at
www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa. The site allows
visitors to use keywords to search its extensive list of
Frequently Asked Questions.
the Agency responsible for enforcing the electronic transactions
and code sets standards, the security standards, and the
identifier standards, also has a Web site at www.cms.hhs.gov/hipaa/hipaa2.
- Handbooks about each of the eight electronic transactions
covered by HIPAA
are available at www.mhsip.org/ds2k+.htm.
The handbooks include transaction descriptions, definitions,
and data checklists.