College of American Pathologists

HIPAA Resources


Updated November 3, 2003


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.

Performance Support Tools Performance Support Tools
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.

Articles and Explanatory Documents Articles and Explanatory Documents
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.

Web Site Links Web Site Links
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.