Who Enforces HIPAA Standards?

Who enforces HIPAA standards? The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights enforces the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information, and the HIPAA Security Rule, which sets national standards for the security of electronic protected health information.

The Office of E-Health Standards and Services within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) enforces HIPAA administrative simplification provisions. This includes transactions and code sets, and national identifiers. CMS also enforces the insurance portability requirements under Title I of HIPAA. 

Content reviewed: 3/2/2007

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