Patient Privacy & Confidentiality
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
The federal law, known as HIPAA legislation, was enacted by Congress August 21, 1996, to encourage the development of health information systems that would enable the electronic exchange of health care information in a private and secure way. Congress charged the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop regulations for the use of electronic transaction standards, privacy, security, uniform identification numbers for physicians, health plans, and purchasers of health care, and the like. Some of those regulations have been published, others are in draft form.
If you would like to read a copy of the NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES, please click here.