The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) sets guidelines to the medical field that assure privacy standards. These standards were created to improve health insurance, health care delivery, and to simplify the administration of health insurance.
What Types of Medical Information Is Protected by HIPAA?
HIPAA protects a wide array of information from being disseminated, including:
- Financial Information
- Administrative transactions
- Health claim information
- Program eligibility information
- Health Insurance
What Is the Purpose of HIPAA?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act recognizes that medical information is very private. HIPAA was initiated to:
- ensure confidentiality
- protect against unauthorized uses of information
- prevent disclosures of private information
- preserve the reliability of the information.
Who Must Follow the HIPAA Guidelines?
Multiple entities in the medical profession are required to abide by the HIPAA guidelines. These include:
- Health insurance providers
Do I Need an Attorney?
Medical claims can be very involved with various complex issues. Often times, medical cases can be expensive to pursue because they concern an extensive amount of research. Violating a patient's privacy rights under HIPAA can carry heavy criminal charges and civil damages. The benefit of an experienced personal injury attorney would be invaluable, and you should speak to an attorney to learn more about your case and the recovery that may be available to you.