A federal law governing the portability and continuity of health insurance coverage by limiting pre-existing condition exclusions in group health plans (Pub. L. No. 104-191 (1996)). HIPAA also sets out privacy and security standards for the use and distribution of health care information. The privacy rules regulate the use and disclosure of protected health information (PHI) (www.practicallaw.com/8-501-6596) and the security rules impose administrative, physical and technical security safeguards for electronic PHI.
For more information, see the HIPAA Toolkit (www.practicallaw.com/7-502-6708).