What is ‘HIPPA’?

Asked on March 10, 2018 under Malpractice Law, Massachusetts


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

HIPPA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It is a Federal law that restricts access to individuals' private medical information. The HIPAA Privacy Rule provide regulations for the use/disclosure of an individual's health information; the rule defines how "covered entities" use individually-identifiable health information. Covered entities are health plans, health care clearinghouses and any health care providers.

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