Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

Notice of Privacy Practices: English - - Bosnian - - Spanish - - Vietnamese

HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This Act, passed by Congress in 1996, established a framework for the changing health information system. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has established several different sets of regulations to implement the mandates of the Act. These regulations include

While these regulations affect every consumer of health care services, only a “covered entity” as defined by the regulations, must comply with the standards.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is a “hybrid covered entity.” The Department reviewed the regulations and determined that only a few specific bureaus and units satisfy the definition of “covered entity.” The Department has developed and implemented compliance components for these areas. In addition to the confidentiality provisions required by HIPAA, the Department continues to comply with all applicable state and federal laws addressing the confidentiality of health information.

While maintaining compliance with the Privacy Regulations, the Department continues to provide public health services efficiently and effectively to all Missourians.


HIPAA for Legislators

Missouri Nursing Homes and HIPAA

Missouri In-Home Service Providers and HIPAA

Public Health and HIPAA

Applications & Forms

Acknowledgement Form: English - - Bosnian - - Spanish - - Vietnamese

HIPAA Authorization for Disclosure Form: English - - Bosnian - - Spanish - - Vietnamese