Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996
Click here to access Lee Memorial Health System's Patient
Information Privacy Notice.
What does HIPAA stand for?
Answer: HIPAA stands for Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and
includes six complex regulations that aim at standardizing
health care transactions, code sets, patient privacy and
HIPAA compliance is the responsibility
of everyone who works with Lee Memorial Health System, including
employees, physicians, volunteers and contractors.
Who may access confidential
Answer: Only those people who
need access for business reasons and who have been authorized to
What information about a patient
must be kept confidential?
Answer: Essentially any
information that is patient-identifiable, even the patient's
address, is confidential and must be protected. This includes
diagnoses, test results and billing information. Only when the
patient has agreed may it be used or disclosed for specific
What patient information can we
disclose to any caller or visitor who asks?
Answer: Name, hospital
location and general condition may be available to the public
when the patient has agreed.
If you are looking for additional
information concerning Medical Records or Health
Information Management click here.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Privacy Rule Guidance Summary (PDF Format)
HIPPAA External Resources