The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was enacted to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation’s health care system.
The law includes provisions to establish national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health plans, and employers. It also defines requirements for the privacy and security of protected health information.
Privacy and Security
To protect people’s personal health information, HIPAA includes privacy and security rules.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) offers privacy and security education resources.
Go to the OCR website to learn more about HIPAA privacy and security laws, or to file a complaint.