Federal Medical Privacy Law: HIPAA
Privacy, especially medical privacy, is a serious concern for citizens and lawmakers. The federal medical privacy law known as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets the benchmark for patient privacy and regulates the use and disclosure of medical information.
At Girard Gibbs LLP, our medical privacy attorneys represent patients whose HIPAA rights have been violated as a result of the unlawful use or negligent exposure of their personal information.
What Information Is Protected Under HIPAA?
HIPAA requires that certain health and medical information be protected from unauthorized use or sharing, including:
Information put in your medical records by health care professionals
Conversations your doctors have with other health care professionals about your health and treatment
Information about you that is stored in your health insurer's data systems
Your billing information
Any other health information that is stored and collected by those who must comply with HIPAA
Who Must Comply with HIPAA?
All of the following people and organizations are required to protect your private health information and to comply with HIPAA privacy measures:
Doctors, pharmacies, hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes and other health care providers
Health insuring organizations including insurance companies, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), independent physician associations and provider networks
Medicare, Medicaid and other state and federal government programs that pay for health care
Report a HIPAA Violation to our Medical Privacy Lawyers
Concerned that your patient privacy rights under HIPAA were violated? Speak with one of our medical privacy lawyers by calling toll-free (866) 981-4800 or filling out the form to the right.
Why Girard Gibbs?
Girard Gibbs represents consumers, investors, whistleblowers, employees, and businesses in cases involving consumer protection, personal injury, securities, antitrust, employment litigation and arbitration. The firm’s senior partners, Daniel Girard and Eric Gibbs, have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 and Northern California Super Lawyers, and have earned AV-Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing them in the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills.