HIPAA: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

Title I of HIPAA protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs.

The Administrative Simplification provisions of HIPAA (Title II) require the Department of Health and Human Services to establish national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health plans, and employers. It also addresses the security and privacy of health data. Adopting these standards will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation's health care system by encouraging the widespread use of electronic data interchange in health care.

The privacy provisions of HIPAA apply to health information created or maintained by health care providers who engage in certain electronic transactions, health plans, and health care clearinghouses.

Implementing Authorities
  • Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • The organization responsible to implement all aspects of the HIPAA guidelines, except for the privacy rule.
  • Office of Civil Rights
  • The organization responsible to implement the privacy rule.

    Other Resources
  • HIPAA Information
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society
  • Information related to the practical, state-specific provider responsibilities for implementing HIPAA guidelines.
  • HIPAA Basics
  • Excellent printed reference materials regarding HIPAA.
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