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Deciphering the Covered Entities definition

We are a small (300 employees) company that has both a health plan through one of the major insurance companies and a flexible spending account (FSA). I am attempting to figure out if we (the employer) are considered the "health plan" under the Covered Entities definition. Everyone seems to be giving us differing answers. Help.
It's hard to say 100%, but it sounds like with the FSA you offer (and any protected health information that's handled as part of it) you might be what is considered a hybrid covered entity. A lot depends upon how you are managing your FSA plan, if you're outsourcing it, etc. I can't say for sure without knowing more about your business. I highly recommend that you get your (or a HIPAA) attorney involved to confirm this for sure.
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  • This was first published in May 2003

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