What is HIPAA?

We are occasionally asked “What is HIPAA and why do I need a form?”  HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It mandates that your health care providers keep your records and data confidential. It is an attempt to prevent sale and re-circulation of identifiable data. You would probably not want your name added to a list of people diagnosed with a given condition, and then sold to an insurance company, or medical supplier. HIPAA is on your side.