If you are a provider or consumer of health care in America you need to know about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Originally enacted to stem the misuse of sensitive private health information, the Act will require a slew of new administrative burdens for the US health care and insurance industry. The Zief library just added a new one volume loose-leaf treatise on the subject titled HIPAA: A Guide to Health Care Privacy and Security Law. This research tool covers both state and federal privacy laws laws, as well as exploring how and when the federal rules preempt the state. The Appendixes provide a veritable cookbook for assembling a HIPAA compliant policy manual for a business that handles protected health information.
* a tip o' the hat to LR for providing the pun for the title of this posting.