Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) generally requires covered entities to receive authorization from an individual before using or making disclosures to others about protected health information (PHI). An authorization is required if a use or disclosure of PHI is for purposes that are unrelated to treatment, payment, health care operations, unless disclosure is otherwise required or permitted by HIPAA (for instance it is a requirement of law).
DHSS has created a HIPAA compliant authorization form for use by DHSS agencies to ensure any use or disclosures of PHI is completed in compliance with HIPAA.
Below are some helpful links leading to more information
on HIPAA Privacy.