What is HIPAA?

The law known as “HIPAA” stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of1996. Congress passed this landmark law to provide consumers with greater access to health care insurance, to protect the privacy of health care data, and to promote more standardization and efficiency in the health care industry. While HIPAA covers a number of important health care issues, this informational series focuses on the Administrative Simplification portion of the law – specifically HIPAA’s Electronic Transactions and Code Sets requirements.

There are four parts to HIPAA’s Administrative Simplification:

  1. Electronic transactions and code sets standards requirements
  2. Privacy requirements
  3. Security requirements
  4. National identifier requirements

If you have an information privacy or security question or concern:

  •  Patients:  contact the HIPAA/Information Privacy & Security line at 503-494-0219
  • Employees:  E-mail HIPAA / Information Privacy & Security questions and concerns to oips@ohsu.edu or contact the office directly at 503-494-0219.