The 2021 Guide to HIPAA Compliance

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Table of Contents

  1. What is HIPAA?
  2. HIPAA Compliance Terminology
  3. What Are the Three Rules of HIPAA Compliance?
  4. What Is the HIPAA Privacy Rule?
  5. What Is the HIPAA Security Rule?
  6. What Is the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule?
  7. What Is the HITECH Act?
  8. What Is the Omnibus Rule?
  9. What Does HIPAA Compliance Entail?
  10. What Are the Penalties for Not Meeting HIPAA Compliance?
  11. What Can I Do to Ensure That My Organization is HIPAA Compliant?


What is HIPAA?

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. HIPAA was put into place to protect patient data from theft or loss. 

Why is this important? Private Health Information (PHI) is considered some of the most sensitive data that a person can have. It was determined that it was critical to protect PHI for patients and that this responsibility fell on healthcare providers who used that information for treatment, research, or billing purposes. 

With the emergence of electronic PHI (ePHI) and digital technologies like networked communication and electronic recordkeeping, HIPAA became that much more important. HIPAA was therefore conceptualized to protect ePHI no matter where it is. 

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