The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Public Law was passed by Congress:
- To improve portability and continuity of health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets
- To combat waste, fraud, and abuse in health insurance and health care delivery
- To reduce costs and the administrative burdens of health care by improving efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system by standardizing the interchange of electronic data for specified administrative and financial transactions
- To ensure protecting the privacy of Americans’ personal health records by protecting the security and confidentiality of health care information
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