The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a U.S. law passed to create national standards for electronic health care transactions, among other purposes. HIPAA required the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create national standards for electronic health care transactions and unique health identifiers, among other purposes. Also incorporated in HIPAA are requirements to protect the privacy and security of personally identifiable health information.

This HIPAA Practice Guide offers some tools and research to help covered entities and business associates make sense of the rules.

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