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When it comes to health care, there are some major laws that come into play. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, HIPAA, is one of the most important laws that health care providers have to abide by. This law in particular, is regulated by the federal government, but there are also some key factors to this law everyone should know. There are also consequences that a health care employee will have to face if they don’t abide by this law, and this law’s regulations also effect ever member of health care from management to patients. We will now discuss how important HIPAA is to the health care industry.

To begin with, many people ask what is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). HIPAA is a federal law that mandates insurance portability and set up procedures for electronic data exchange. Not only does HIPAA allow for that, but it also protects the privacy of health records. There are five different parts, or titles to HIPAA. Insurance portability is provided by Title I. There are two main parts to Title II. The first part has to do with fraud and abuse, and the reform of medical liability. The second orders administrative simplification, this includes privacy and security provisions for health data and requires electronic data interchange (EDI). Title III has to do with taxes. Title IV is the requirements for group health plans. Finally, Title V is revenue offsets. Also under this law, a patient has the right to access and control their health records. In order to ensure that protected health information is safe, health care providers have to restrict access to patient information and have the patients’ permission to disclose it.

Next, there are some key provisions that every health care employee should know about HIPAA. These include access to medical records, notice of privacy practices, limits on use of personal medical information, prohibition on marketing, stronger state laws, confidential...
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