HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIPAA is an acronym that stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. HIPAA includes regulations that govern the use and release of a patient's personal health information. More relevant to the news media, HIPAA also limits the kind of information hospitals can disclose regarding patients. In addition to privacy standards, HIPAA also creates new standards for administrative transactions and the security of individual health information.