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TEAM PHYSICIAN’S CORNER

HIPAA AND THE TEAM PHYSICIAN

JAMELLE T. MAGEE, JD AS OF APRIL 14, 2003, the Privacy Regulations of the Health
Compliance Officer, UNC Student Health Center
Chapel Hill, North Carolina Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) will become
enforceable. The lesser known intent of HIPAA was to mandate the porta-
LOUIS C. ALMEKINDERS, MD bility of health insurance, but the provisions of the law that are receiving
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the most attention are the Administrative Simplification provisions of
Chapel Hill, North Carolina Title II of HIPAA. These provisions were enacted to improve the efficiency
and effectiveness of the health care system through the establishment of
TIMOTHY N. TAFT, MD standards and requirements for the electronic transmission of health infor-
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill mation. HIPAA also contains regulations establishing standards to protect
Chapel Hill, North Carolina the security of health information. Additionally, and of particular interest

The following article does not constitute a legal opinion on the issues addressed nor
does it discuss in great detail any of the issues presented. It is intended, instead, to serve
as an overview of the issues involved. Circumstances vary between physicians, which
may affect the application of the provisions of the laws discussed. Additionally, state
laws that are more stringent or provide additional privacy protection may preempt
certain provisions of HIPAA. Please consult an attorney for legal interpretations
specific to your circumstances.

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