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July 3, 2002

Privacy StandardsThe HIPAA Handbook: What Your Organization Should Know About the Federal Privacy Standards

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2002;288(1):104. doi:10.1001/jama.288.1.104-JBK0703-2-1

HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), is a cute name for a serious law.1 All health care providers "will feel the effects of HIPAA and will need to revolutionize their practices and policies in order to comply."2

Of particular importance for physicians, the law gave birth to a regulation with another deceptively simple title—the Health Privacy Rule.3 The Rule is the most comprehensive national regulation to address the relationship between physicians and patients since the emergence of Medicare. Almost 400 pages of dense wording in the Federal Register, the Rule is stirring a swirling world of new legal jargon, rapidly changing laws, and a complex, almost incomprehensible stew of technical computer jargon.

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