All healthcare providers and their business associates have an ethical and legal obligation to follow the provisions under The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Passed by Congress in 1996, the standards detailed in 45 CFR 160, 162, and 164 are designed to safeguard patients’ private, sensitive information from misuse. HIPAA rules went into effect in 2003. Since then, they have undergone two major modifications in order to keep up with the transition to electronic medical records and digital communications.
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