The HIPAA Privacy Rule and Your Medical Practices


HIPAA Privacy Rule restricts the Uses and Disclosures of Patient Information. The main goal of the Privacy Rule is to ensure that an individual’s health information is adequately protected while permitting the flow of health information required facilitating high-quality health care. The information retained or transmitted by business associates or health insurance might be in electronic, oral or paper form. This information is named “protected health information” or PHI.

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Protect Your Practice from HIPAA Breaches


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, is a set of federal regulations that protect the privacy of patients’ health information. HIPAA covers everything from medical records and insurance information to laboratory test results and X-rays. Under HIPAA, only authorized individuals are allowed to access this information. However, there have been a number of high-profile breaches of HIPAA in recent years. In some cases, hackers have gained access to patient records.

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