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What is HIPAA?

HIPAA- is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
This law covers the privacy and security of medical records and protected health information. When we take patients information it is not to be shared with anyone unless it is work related. If a patient calls requesting information about their visit, ask them to fax something in writing authorizing release. If you give out patient information over the phone to the wrong person, you can be sued so its better to take every precaution necessary.