Oftentimes HIPAA can only be enforced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, not private parties. If you would like to file a HIPAA violation, you may do so on the HHS website here.
Privacy, especially medical privacy, is a serious concern for citizens and lawmakers. The federal medical privacy law known as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets the benchmark for patient privacy and regulates the use and disclosure of medical information.
What Information Is Protected Under HIPAA?
HIPAA requires that certain health and medical information be protected from unauthorized use or sharing, including:
- Information put in your medical records by health care professionals
- Conversations your doctors have with other health care professionals about your health and treatment
- Information about you that is stored in your health insurer’s data systems
- Your billing information
- Any other health information that is stored and collected by those who must comply with HIPPA
Who Must Comply with HIPAA?
All of the following people and organizations are required to protect your private health information and to comply with HIPAA privacy measures:
- Doctors, pharmacies, hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes and other health care providers
- Health insuring organizations including insurance companies, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), independent physician associations and provider networks
- Medicare, Medicaid and other state and federal government programs that pay for health care