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What are HIPAA regulations? How have these regulations impacted mental health care?

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1. What are HIPAA regulations?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) offers protections for millions of American workers that improve portability and continuity of health insurance coverage (see benefits at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/fshipaa.html)

The HIPAA Privacy Rule "applies to "covered entities" which are health plans, health care clearinghouses and health care providers5 who transmit health information in electronic form (i.e., via computer-based technology) in connection with transactions for which HHS has adopted a HIPAA standard in 45 CFR Part 162." (http://www.hipaa.samhsa.gov/download2/SAMHSAPart2-HIPAAComparison2004.pdf)

The HIPAA Privacy Rule (regulation) "provides federal protections for personal health information (PHI) held by covered entities and also provides patients a number of rights with respect to that information. At the same time, the Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of personal health information needed for patient care and other important purposes. The Security Rule identifies a series of administrative, physical, and ...

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This solution discusses the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) regulations, and how have these regulations impacted mental health care. Supplemented with two articles and references are provided.

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