WHAT IS HIPAA?
HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. A major component of HIPAA addresses the privacy of individuals’ health information by establishing a nation-wide federal standard concerning the privacy of health information and how it can be used and disclosed. This federal standard will generally preempt all state privacy laws except for those that establish stronger protections. The HIPAA privacy laws are effective April 14, 2003.
Generally, HIPAA “covered entities” will have to comply with HIPAA rules for any health or medical information of identifiable individuals, including their medical records, medical billing records, any clinical or research databases, and tissue bank samples. Covered entities are health care providers, health plans (including employer’s sponsored plans), and healthcare clearing houses (e.g., billing agent). Records maintained at the Tennessee Technology Center at Athens are kept secure and are only disclosed in emergencies and to the individual owners.
Report complaints and potential violations to:
Stewart Smith, Director email@example.com