• HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that was passed by Congress in 1996.  HIPAA does the following:

  • Requires the protection and confidential handling of protected health information.  This is what we most often think about when we hear "HIPAA."

  • Provides the ability to transfer and continue health insurance coverage for millions of American workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs;

  • Reduces health care fraud and abuse; and

  • Mandates industry-wide standards for health care information on electronic billing and other processes.