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.
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.