Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996
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
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
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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