Answered By: Megan Rosenbloom
Last Updated: Aug 22, 2019     Views: 19

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), pronounced “hippa” and also known as the “Privacy Rule” (effective April 14, 2003), established minimum Federal standards for safeguarding the privacy of individual’s identifiable health information. The law generally prohibits health care providers such as health care practitioners, hospitals, nursing facilities and clinics from using or disclosing “protected health information” without written authorization from the individual.


“Protected Health Information” (PHI) is any identifiable health information relating to the individual’s past, present or future physical or mental health condition or payment for health care.


All faculty, staff and other USC employees, as well as students, volunteers, agents and certain other individuals who have access to patient health information through USC providers, are subject to HIPAA regulation and must complete an online course. Visit the HIPAA Privacy Education Program page to find out which course to take based on your employment status.

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