What is HIPAA, and what is its purpose?

President Bill Clinton signed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) into law in 1996. It is legislation that incorporates protection and data privacy protections to protect patients' medical…

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What qualifies as protected health information?

HIPAA Protected Health Information Definition PHI stands for Protected Health Information, which refers to any information regarding an individual's health status. This may include providing health care, maintaining a medical…

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What is a HIPAA Violation?

With fines for HIPAA violations ranging from $50,000 to $1.5 million per violation and a cumulative annual penalty of $1.5 million, medical practices need to remain HIPAA compliant at all…

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What is the Purpose of HIPAA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that required health care providers and covered entities of national standards to protect confidential patient health information…

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When was HIPAA enacted, and why?

When was HIPAA enacted? Anyone who has worked in the healthcare sector is familiar with HIPAA and recognizes the value of protecting confidential health information (PHI). Most people, however, are…

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