Navigating The HIPAA Minefield

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August 1, 2004

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA") is a federal statue designed, in part, to protect patients´ confidential health information from unnecessary disclosure by healthcare providers and health insurers. Although HIPAA was only intended as a safeguard against the improper disclosure of a patient´s private health information, it has created myriad problems in litigation and will likely continue to do so until equilibrium is reached between hospitals, lawyers, and the courts. This column is intended as a brief discussion of HIPAA requirements for obtaining an individual´s private medical records.

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