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.