Legislative and Administrative Notes: Privacy Regulations under HIPAA

Published On: August 15th, 2002Categories: Archived Advocacy

This Legislative and Administrative Note is solely dedicated to issues surrounding the standards for privacy of individually identifiable health information, known as privacy rule, under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Provisions in HIPAA for privacy became effective on April 14, 2001, with an April 14, 2003 compliance date. The Bush Administration has just published final rules (August 14, 2002) on privacy. The rules are over 100 pages long.

This brief synopsis of issues under HIPAA only provides a brief overview of some of the issues that you as providers need to understand. It is imperative that you work with experts in the field of Health Information Management. The organization that has the easiest to read and most comprehensive information is the American Health Information Management Association. Their web site is: www.ahima.org.

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