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HIPAA and Medical Privacy - Facts for Families
HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. HIPAA is a Federal law that was originally passed by Congress in 1996. One part of HIPAA is the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which regulates who can look at or receive information about your child’s health care. The HIPAA Privacy Rule applies to all forms of health information, including electronic, written, and oral. Some states may have laws that provide even stronger privacy protections than HIPAA. In those situations, the stricter State law generally applies. The American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Facts for Families provide concise and up-to-date information on HIPAA and Medical Privacy for families.
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