What is HIPAA?
The The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) helps to protect an individual's medical information.
HIPAA sets regulations about cases in which your medical information can be shared and what related authorizations are required. There are many other provisions under HIPAA that regulate disclosures, contact information, and more. As HIPAA is meant to help protect the rights of individuals, there is also a complaint system in place to investigate potential violations.
HIPAA is divided into five titles:
Title I: HIPAA Health Insurance Reform
Title II: HIPAA Administrative Simplification
Title III: HIPAA Tax Related Health Provisions
Title IV: Application and Enforcement of Group Health Plan Requirements