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HIPAA Privacy Practices

What is HIPAA and what does it govern?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is federal legislation covering three areas:

  1. Insurance portability
  2. Fraud enforcement (accountability)
  3. Administrative simplification (reduction in health care costs)

Portability ensures that individuals moving from one health plan to another will have continuity of coverage under preexisting conditions clauses.

Accountability significantly increases the federal government’s fraud enforcement authority in many different areas.

Administrative Simplification requires the development of standards for the electronic exchange of health care information. It also requires rules to protect the privacy of personal health information and the establishment of security requirements to protect that information and the development of standard identifiers.

View the Crawford County General Health Districts’ Privacy Practice: Notice of Privacy Practices

Please Note: Personal health information of an individual with a suspected or confirmed communicable disease is exempt from these disclosure rules for the purpose of disease investigation. (ORC 3701-3-08) Information obtained will be used exclusively to carry out the health department’s duties to control and suppress disease, especially when contagious, infectious, epidemic or endemic, as set forth in section 3701.14 of the Ohio Revised Code.

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