The Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act Discussion
Running head: HIPAA 1 The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Student’s name Institution Date HIPAA 2 The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act • What is the date of the enactment of this act? Commonly abbreviated as HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is one of the most popular legislative regulations touching on the delivery healthcare services.
Enacted by Congress on August 21, 1996, the act was later signed by President Bill Clinton into law bringing sweeping reforms in healthcare. • What led to the enactment of this act? According to Chen and Benusa (2017), HIPAA was enacted in response to several issues facing health care coverage, privacy, security, and fraud affecting millions of citizens. One of the key reasons why HIPAA was enacted was to bring sanity into regulations touching on the matters it addresses. Prior to the enactment of the act, rules related to health care coverage, privacy, security, and fraud affecting the healthcare delivery system were fragmented among different government organization and differed from one state to another. This had led to lack of uniformity between state and federal requirements. Herold and Beaver (2015) note that before HIPAA, there were several federal acts which addressed privacy which was uncoordinated an ineffective. The Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act Discussion