The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, is one of the most misunderstood laws. Government officials and the general public often incorrectly cite the 25-year-old federal statute when discussing health data. During the last 16 months in particular, public agencies have improperly used HIPAA as a reason to withhold requested documents about COVID-19. Now, with reporting focused on vaccinations and the lifting of pandemic restrictions, misinformation about the law continues to circulate.
By attending this class, you will learn:
- The history and purpose of HIPAA.
- Under what circumstances and to what types of entities HIPAA applies.
- How to best respond to public record denials that are incorrectly attributed to HIPAA.