Quiz: The HIPAA Privacy Rule which protects the privacy of patients’ medical and health records does NOT apply to:

a) Medicare

b) Hospitals

c) Media

d) Health insurance plans

e) It applies to all the above

There are few things as well known yet as poorly understood as The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, commonly known as “HIPAA.” The portion that is most relevant to both practitioners and patients is HIPAA’s privacy rule establishing national standards to protect medical records and other personal health information. As a general rule, it prohibits release of a person’s medical records without the person’s written consent, and it creates penalties for the unauthorized release of such records by health care providers and medical plans.

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