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First off.. it's HIPAA.. Not HIPPA (sorry this is pet peeve of mine)

it's not a HIPAA violation because it's going to a banking institution, however to air on the side of caution it would be wiser to use either an acct number or first three letters of last name. I have a friend who works at a bank and she's actually one who told me it is NOT HIPAA because they don't flag their banking customer's as medical care providers and their banking information is protected anyway.

Now that I think about it you are right Linda, it isn't.  When I worked at a bank we had business owners do this all the time.

Not a HIPAA violation but still not a good practice.  A patient could get mad, etc.  I would still encourage them to change it. JMO

Actually the patient should NEVER see the bank deposit slip at all.  I can see why providers want to use the last names or the first few letters of last name, it's just easier to identify when reconciling their accounts. My client's usually do their banking at the end of the business day or first thing in morning before patient's come in, there's no need for the patient to ever see the banking information/deposit slips.

The patient's shouldn't see ANY of the accounting procedures.  We came back after vacation and I had a lot of paperwork to catch up on.  I was stamping the checks for deposit (and there were a lot after being gone for a week) and one patient said "Wow you guys make a lot of money!" He didn't see the amounts on the checks but assumed since there was a lot of paper, it was a lot of money.  I was tempted to show him the check from United Healthcare for a penny, and the 20 checks for $5 for Medicare supplemental.

Money is a funny thing, and ignorance and class envy make it worse every year.  People still don't understand that healthcare is still a business that has to have income to survive.  (Stepping off the soapbox now) :-\


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