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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

HIPAA is a federal privacy law enacted on August 21, 1996. The legislation mandates health plans, providers and healthcare clearinghouses to take a greater care in use and disclosure of health information.

The following entities are subject to the HIPAA privacy rules:

  • Health plans
  • Health care clearinghouses
  • Health care providers
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