Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
USA
A federal law governing the portability and continuity of health insurance coverage by limiting pre-existing condition exclusions in group health plans (Pub. L. No. 104-191 (1996)). HIPAA also sets out privacy and security standards for the use and distribution of health care information. The privacy rules regulate the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) and the security rules impose administrative, physical and technical security safeguards for electronic PHI.
For more information, see Practice Note, HIPAA Privacy Rule (www.practicallaw.com/4-501-7220) and Practice Note, HIPAA Security Rule (www.practicallaw.com/5-502-1269).

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

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