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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a very wide-ranging, highly complex, and multi-faceted piece of Federal legislation. It is considered to be one of the most important pieces of healthcare legislation to emerge. It is designed to improve the portability and continuity of health insurance.  Another important objective is to reduce administrative costs for providers and payers while protecting the privacy of health information.  The impact of HIPAA on the healthcare industry will be felt nationally, and its Federal legislative requirements are unavoidable.

This site is intended to assist governmental entities within Wisconsin with HIPAA compliance. This website will provide you with:

  • News to keep you up to date on what's happening.

  • Options to consider when developing solutions.

  • Wisconsin DHS program information specific to HIPAA.

Assistance for private individuals and organizations is available through professional organizations, consultants, and collaborative organizations like the HIPAA Collaborative Of Wisconsin (HIPAA COW). This organization has created an easy-to-read guide for consumers to health information privacy. It takes into account both HIPAA and state laws. 

The following links provide information on the impacts of the Administrative Simplification aspects of HIPAA on DHS and its business partners. 

HIPAA Overview What HIPAA is and what it's all about.

HIPAA Now Search Page Enter a word or group of words to search for information.

HIPAA Resources Information that may be of interest to you.

Wisconsin DHS Programs and HIPAA Information specific to DHS programs.

HIPAA Privacy Practices Notices DHS Notices for several program areas.

Acronyms, Terms, and Definitions Commonly used DHS and HIPAA acronyms, terms, and definitions.

HIPAA COW HIPAA Collaborative of Wisconsin.

Model Business Associate Agreement Substantial revisions may be needed to existing business associate practices.

Federal Complaint Information DHSS Complaint Requirements (exit DHS) 

Last updated:  April 16, 2014