HIPAA Compliance Attorney

health care professionals: HIPAA Privacy Rules Explained and how to avoid HIPAA Violations

While patients themselves may applaud the protection they now receive through 1996’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the 2003 addition of HIPAA’s Privacy Rule has resulted in headaches for many of the doctors and dentists who treat them. While paper-based practices and those that transmit their patients’ health and billing data only by telephone or fax have the choice of opting out, medical professionals who send this information over the internet or store it electronically must comply with HIPAA’s stringent privacy rules. This can be a hassle.