Federal Hipaa Laws

Written by Dina Kayed
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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a federal law established during the Clinton administration. It was developed to address the issue of information privacy concerning medical patients. In addition, it was a recommendation that the personnel of covered entities undergo special training to facilitate this.

Introducing HIPAA as a Federal Law

Applying a federal law is not as simple as it sounds. A lot of work needs to be done to lay the foundations for a new system and to accomplish goals. The first step for any institution would be to obtain an HIPAA manual. This manual should be a guide and reminder of the rules and regulations of HIPAA. It is also lays down guidelines for methods of implementation of the regulations.

HIPAA law states that every patient should be informed of the right to absolute privacy. Keeping a patient ignorant about the situation concerning their information is a breach of federal law. Anyone who commits such an offense will be prosecuted. A patient has the right to a copy of his medical records, and the right to ask for any alteration if the information is incorrect in any way. A patient also has the right to ask for an update on any current subject, if requested.

Every institution dealing with patients, whether a hospital, clinic or an insurance company, should realize that HIPAA federal law is not an option. Compliance is compulsory for everyone. You have the right to draw any issues you may have to the attention of the Health and Human Services Department if you feel that your rights under federal law are being breached in any way.


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