Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
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The HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is a Federal law that was enacted in 1996. The primary intent of HIPAA is to provide better access to health insurance, limit fraud and abuse, and reduce administrative costs. The State is concerned with the portion of the Act that pertains to administrative simplification. The Administrative Simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA, Title II) require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health plans, and employers. It also addresses the security and privacy of health data. Adopting these standards will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation's health care system by encouraging the widespread use of standardized electronic data interchange in health care.
Department of Elder Affairs’ HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures
HIPAA Related Forms (PDF files)