HIPAA Compliance Information

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 - better known as HIPAA - went into effect April 14.

Ready or not, most physicians (including emergency physicians) are now required to comply with a number of new standards to ensure that their patients' personally identifiable health information is kept confidential. HIPAA also includes new standards for health insurance claims processing and other electronic transactions.

The ACEP Emergency Medicine Practice Department has put together the following links to help you find advice and updates. It is also important that physicians check with their state medical societies to learn if there are state privacy laws that must be obeyed. HIPAA sets the minimum standard, so if your state has a more stringent law, you must comply with it.  


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services HIPAA site 

HIPAA Information from the Dept. of Health and Human Services 

Complete HIPAA Rule
Includes full-text of the rule in the Federal Register and access to all 9 HIPAA Implementation Guides and their Draft Addenda.

ACEP policy statement
Patient Medical Records in the Emergency Department 

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