UW Medicine Compliance
In addition to university-wide and entity-specific policies, the UW Medicine Compliance Program Policies ensure consistent standards throughout the UW Medicine healthcare system.
UW Medicine has established a comprehensive Patient Information Privacy Compliance Program related to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the Washington State Uniform Health Care Act, and various other federal and state privacy laws. The foundation of this program is the UW Medicine Patient Information Privacy Policies.
The Billing Compliance Policies affirm UW Medicine’s commitment to performing billing activities for clinical, research and professional services in full compliance with State and Federal billing regulations.
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) was enacted by Congress as part of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) to ensure public access to emergency medical services regardless of ability to pay. The UW Medicine EMTALA Policy establishes guidelines at UW Medicine hospitals for providing medical screening examinations, stabilizing treatment, and an appropriate transfer where indicated, as required by EMTALA.
UW Medicine has established an Identity Theft Prevention Program (ITPP) to help detect, prevent, and mitigate identity theft. UW Medicine entities collect registration and billing information to create patient accounts and/or bill for the provision of healthcare services. The following policy establishes the UW Medicine Identity Theft Prevention Program (ITPP) for new and existing patient accounts and sets the requirements for identifying, investigating and responding to identity theft red flags involving patient accounts.
The Social Media Networking Policy and Guidance includes UW Medicine’s policy limiting the use of social media in hospital and clinic spaces, institutional policies that apply to the use of social media, and best practice guidelines for UW Medicine workforce members.