Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

What HIPAA means to our employees

FCPS is committed to adhering to the federal and state laws as they pertain to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) in protecting the privacy and security of certain health information, known as protected health information (PHI).

We have the following legal obligations under this federal health privacy law:

To maintain the privacy of your PHI and to maintain reasonable and appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards.

To provide you with the notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your PHI.

Please contact the Office of Equity and Employee Relations (EER) in the Department of Human Resources, if you should have any questions related to HIPAA at 571-423-3065 or 877-702-5137.

The Privacy Rule

Intended to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically. The Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient authorization. The Rule also gives patients rights over their health information, including rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records, and to request corrections.

The Security Rule

Intended to protect individuals’ electronic personal health information (ePHI) that is created, received, used, or maintained by a covered entity. It also requires appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and security of ePHI.

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HR Connection

Question for Human Resources? Submit it through the HR Connection portal or call 571-423-3000 or 1-800-831-4331.