The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) creates national standards to protect medical records and other personal health information. It gives patients more control over the privacy of their health records and personal health information.

What Information is Protected?

  • Information your doctors, nurses, and other health care providers put in your medical record
  • Conversations your doctor has about your care or treatment with nurses and others
  • Information about you in your health insurer’s computer system
  • Billing information about you at your clinic
  • Most other health information about you held by those who must follow these laws
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