WHAT IS HIPAA?

WHAT IS HIPAA?

The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (August 21), Public Law 104-191, which amends the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986. Also known as the Kennedy-Kassebaum Act.

Title II includes a section, Administrative Simplification, requiring:

  1. Improved efficiency in healthcare delivery by standardizing electronic data interchange, and
  2. Protection of confidentiality and security of health data through setting and enforcing standards.

More specifically, HIPAA calls for:

  1. Standardization of electronic patient health, administrative and financial data
  2. Unique health identifiers for individuals, employers, health plans and health care providers
  3. Security standards protecting the confidentiality and integrity of “individually identifiable health information,” past, present or future