When was HIPAA Established?
President Bill Clinton signed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act into law on August 21, 1996.
The Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was signed into law on August 21, 1996, but why was it created? HIPAA was developed to “improve the portability and accountability of health insurance coverage” for workers who change jobs.
The Act also sought to combat fraud, theft, and abuse in the health insurance and healthcare delivery systems.
The Act also included provisions to facilitate the use of medical savings accounts by offering tax breaks and requirements to have coverage for employees with pre-existing medical conditions and improve health insurance administration.
Over time, new regulations have been added to HIPAA legislation to fix numerous healthcare industry problems.
The Privacy Rule, the Security Rule, the Breach Notification Rule, the Omnibus Rule, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act’s incorporation, and the Enforcement Rule are among them.
These amendments to HIPAA regulations made it easier for healthcare organizations to put appropriate protection measures for patient health records.
Patients and plan members were also expected to be advised appropriately in the case of a violation of their confidential health details under regulations.
When was the HIPAA Privacy Rule Introduced?
On November 3, 1999, lawmakers proposed the HIPAA Privacy Rule, but the HIPAA Final Privacy Rule was only implemented on December 20, 2000.
From April 14, 2003, HIPAA-covered organizations were expected to comply with the Privacy Rule.
When was the HIPAA Security Rule Introduced?
On August 12, 1998, the HIPAA Security Rule was first proposed, and on February 20, 2003, the final Security Rule was implemented.
From April 21, 2006, CEs had to comply with the HIPAA Security Rules.
When was the HIPAA Enforcement Rule Introduced?
On April 18, 2005, the Enforcement Rule was first proposed, and on February 16, 2006, it was implemented.
If a data breach occurs, the Compliance Rule provides guidelines on the fines and penalties enforced on a CE.
(The Office of Civil Rights and the Department of Health and Human Services have the power to adjust penalties at any time.)