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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

The Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) establishes national standards for the protection of certain health information.

All health care plans (e.g., HMOs, insurers), health care clearinghouses (e.g., billing services, re-pricing companies), and health care providers that transmit health information in electronic form must comply with HIPAA regulations.

HIPAA regulations cover:

Security: Providers and others who maintain health information must maintain the security and integrity of individually identifiable health information.

Privacy: General rules for the uses and disclosures of individually identifiable health information by providers and others.

More information on HIPAA can be found at