Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Public Law 104-191, with provisions that, among other things, mandated privacy protections for individually identifiable health information. Rules adopted under HIPAA requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information, and limits the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient authorization. The Rule also gives patients certain rights over their health information. The Security Rule requires appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and security of electronic protected health information.
Please review the guidelines below to better understand your role in protecting the privacy of the children and families you serve, in accordance with federal law.