The Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) established new privacy rules for
the protection of patient health information. These rules apply to “covered
entities,” which includes pathologists and laboratories if they transmit
health information electronically (for example, for billing purposes).
Although not all information will need to be protected, most patient information
is considered protected health information (PHI) and is subject to HIPAA
requirements. The privacy rules took effect April 14, 2003.
The College has created these resources based on the
HIPAA regulations and legal interpretation available from our legal counsel.
If you have specific questions about the regulations and how they apply
to you, we recommend you contact your own legal counsel for guidance.
The College has created many easy-to-use tools to address
the specific needs of pathologists. You may view these tools online, or
print and keep them available for future reference. View
list of tools.
Federal Register documents provide the language of
the Rule. Other documents are provided that contain additional explanation
of the Rule and its impacts. View list of
articles and documents.
There are many Web sites available that provide
information about the Rule and its impact. These sites provide additional
detail you may need. View list of Web sites.