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Privacy Rule: General Topics

What does the HIPAA Privacy Rule do?

Why is the HIPAA Privacy Rule needed?

Who must comply with HIPAA privacy standards?

Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule create a government database with all individuals' personal health information?

Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule protect genetic information?

Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule require that covered entities document all oral communications?

Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule limit an individual’s ability to gather and share family medical history information?

Generally, what does the HIPAA Privacy Rule require the average provider or health plan to do?

How does the HIPAA Privacy Rule affect my rights under the Federal Privacy Act?

What were the major modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted in August 2002?

When did covered entities have to meet these HIPAA privacy standards?

Why was the consent requirement eliminated from the HIPAA Privacy Rule, and how will it affect individuals' privacy protections?

Will the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) make future changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule and, if so, how will these changes be made?

Did the final modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule alter the compliance date(s) for covered entities?

What other categories of information on health privacy does HHS have?

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