Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
n.
A federal law enacted in 1996 that allows many workers to maintain health insurance coverage when they lose or change jobs and that protects the privacy of health data.
abbrv.
HIPAA

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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
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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