Does HIPAA Apply to Health Clubs?

Businesses constantly seek new opportunities; health clubs are no exception. They are expanding into wellness and healthcare by providing:

  • Membership benefits to insurers and managed care organizations (MCO) members.
  • Health risk assessments and other wellness services billed to insurers, MCOs and Medicare.
  • Physical therapy.

These arrangements place clubs squarely within the definition of HIPAA Covered Entities (CAs) or Business Associates (BAs), which means they  must comply with HIPAA.

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