Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996


Click here to access Lee Health's Patient Information Privacy Notice.

What does HIPAA stand for?

Answer: HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and includes six complex regulations that aim at standardizing health care transactions, code sets, patient privacy and security.

HIPAA compliance is the responsibility of everyone who works with Lee Health, including employees, physicians, volunteers and contractors.
 

Who may access confidential information?

Answer: Only those people who need access for business reasons and who have been authorized to receive it.
 

What information about a patient must be kept confidential?

Answer: Essentially any information that is patient-identifiable, even the patient's address, is confidential and must be protected. This includes diagnoses, test results and billing information. Only when the patient has agreed may it be used or disclosed for specific purposes.
 

What patient information can we disclose to any caller or visitor who asks?

Answer:  Name, hospital location and general condition may be available to the public when the patient has agreed.

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Privacy Rule Guidance Summary (PDF Format)

HIPPAA External Resources

www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa - Office of Civil Rights Website
www.hipaasummit.com - HIPAA Summit Website
www.hcmarketplace.com - HcPro's HealthCare MarketPlace
www.hipaaadvisory.com - HIPAA Advisory Website
www.cms.gov - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
www.ahima.org - American Health Information Management Association
www.himss.org/asp/index.asp - Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society