HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, was passed to protect an employee's health insurance coverage when they lose or change jobs. It also has provisions to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of identifiable health information.
Everyone's medical situation is different; however, this article strives to help define HIPAA by providing you with an overview of some common HIPAA violations experienced by health care providers and patients. Links to HIPAA experts are provided at the end of this article for your specific questions.
HIPAA regulates the use, transfer, and disclosure of identifiable health information. With these examples of common HIPAA violations, you can probably better understand HIPAA and the types of behaviors it prohibits.
If you are looking for specific information about HIPAA or about a specific medical situation, these resources provide more detailed information about the law and what it does/does not cover:
If you have questions about how HIPAA might or might not apply in your specific medical situation, you can maintain your privacy by asking your medical care provider or by searching the HHS Frequently Asked Questions.