The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

Health Information Release Form
The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a public law was passed by Congress to improve the portability and continuity of health insurance coverage in group and individual markets; to combat waste, fraud and abuse in health insurance and health care delivery; to reduce costs and the administrative burdens of health care by improving efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system by standardizing the interchange of electronic data for specified administrative and financial transactions, and to ensure the protection of Americans’ personal health records by requiring proper security and confidentiality of health care information.