Catherine,
Just a clarification. These non-financial POS terminals would have to use standard transactions (such as 270/271, 278, etc.) to do their job when a standard is available.
 
The opinions expressed here are my own and not necessarily the opinion of LCMH.
 
Douglas M. Webb
Computer System Engineer
Little Company of Mary Hospital & Health Care Centers
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Sent: Thursday, February 27, 2003 03:07 PM
Subject: RE: Questions in regard to Security/Privacy

I don't see these POS terminals being affected by HIPAA if in fact
they are doing a financial transaction...ie patient is making a
payment for services rendered(paying the co-pay with a credit card).

Now, there is a network of POS terminals that do eligibility checks
and referrals etc..these terminals are conducting transactions for
which a standard has been defined and are therefore subject to the
HIPAA TCS rule.  The use of these POS terminals qualify the provider
as a Covered Entity which in turn makes the provider subject to the
Privacy and Security Rule.

Any other opinions or observations?

CL
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To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: RE: Questions in regard to Security/Privacy
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 09:52:59 -0800

>I would like to know how the privacy & security act under HIPAA will
>impact our
>current systems today? I support POS card/swipe machines that dialup
>(via an
>async/sync modem) over the public telephone system into a server that
>is
>connected to a private network. These machines (terminals) are
>located through
>out the USA in Provider offices, clinics and hospitals. The dialup
>protocol
>(VISA) is the same protocol that the financial processors use today
>doing
>credit/debit transactions. Are there any issues that I need to be
>concerned
>about from the terminal point of view?
>
>The second part of my question, I would like to know how the privacy
>& security
>act under HIPAA will impact POS card/swipe machines that dialup (via
>an
>async/sync modem) over the public telephone system into a ISP that is
>connected
>to the Internet.  These machines (terminals) are located through out
>the USA in
>Provider offices, clinics and hospitals. The dialup protocol will be
>either VISA
>or PPP (Point-to Point). Are there any issues that I need to be
>concerned about
>from the terminal point of view?
>
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