HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. HIPAA is the federal privacy rule which sets forth national standards for the protection of certain health information. A major goal of this privacy rule is to ensure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public’s health and well-being.
The HIPAA rule applies to health care plans, health care clearinghouses, and any other health provider who transmits health information into paper, oral or electronic form. The rule protects any individually identifiable health information, such as the individual’s past, present or future physical or mental health conditions, the provision of health care to the individual and the past, present or future payment for the provision of health care to the individual.
If you have been injured, it is very likely that your insurance company and/or your attorney will ask that you sign a HIPAA release so that they may obtain your medical information relative to your case.