HIPAA Basics
Last Updated:
September 15, 2021

HIPAA Basics

The Health InsurancePortability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal legislationthat mandates the protection of health insurance information. 


This regulates the use anddisclosures of patient’s health information by “covered entities.” Thesecovered entities are the following:

  • Healthcare Providers
  • Health Plans
  • Healthcare clearinghouses
  • Business Associates


These covered entities areallowed to use and disclose your data in these manners, without the patient’sauthorization for the following purposes:

  • Disclose the information to the patient
  • Treatment, payment, and healthcare operations
  • By asking the patient outright or giving the patient a way to     agree or object
  • Public Interest and benefit activities


This means all coveredentities will need to do the following:

  • Ensure that all electronic protected health information is kept     private, secure, and accessible
  • Detect and protect against any risks to the information's     security
  • Defend against any potential illegal uses or disclosures
  • Certify compliance by your employees

The Department of Health& Human Services has a paper on Security 101 for Covered Entities.[https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ocr/privacy/hipaa/administrative/securityrule/security101.pdf?language=es]


If you need to ensure if allof your patient’s information has been safeguarded from potential threats, callus right away to set up those defenses.

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