Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Definition

Medical Definition: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

U.S. Act of 1996 allows workers and their families to keep their insurance when they change or lose their jobs. The law also includes provisions to establish secure electronic health records and to protect the privacy of medical information of a person and keep him from misuse of this information. Also called HIPAA, Kassebaum Kennedy Act.

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