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Learning the Basics of HIPAA- Are You a Covered Entity?

If you’re running a business and you deal with any health information, you are likely aware of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. Today’s post provides a summary of HIPAA, who it affects, what it protects, and what is permitted under the Privacy Rule.

Goals of HIPAA The major goal of HIPAA’s Privacy Rule is to assure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care while protecting the public’s health and well being.

Basic Principle A major purpose of the Privacy Rule is to define and limit the circumstances in which an individual’s protected heath information (PHI) may be used or disclosed by covered entities. A covered entity...

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