Common HIPAA Questions

Q: What is HIPAA?

A: A federal law signed in August 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) calls for changes in health insurance, and in many health care transactions and administrative information systems and practices.

More specifically, one section of the law deals with three main issues: (1) federal standards for electronic data interchange among health care providers and health plans; (2) federal privacy standards protecting the confidentiality and integrity of patient health information; and (3) federal security standards for protecting access to electronic and other health information.

Although some of our practices did change as a result of HIPAA, in many cases these regulations contained provisions that were already required by state law or were already a part of our professional practice.

Q: What is HITECH?

A: The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was signed into law on February 17, 2009, to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology. Subtitle D of the HITECH Act addresses the privacy and security concerns associated with the electronic transmission of health information, in part, through several provisions that strengthen the civil and criminal enforcement of the HIPAA rules.

Online Privacy Statement

Preferred IPA of California is committed to protecting your privacy. This Online Privacy Statement applies to data collected by Preferred IPA through its Web site.

Use of Links
Throughout our Web pages, we provide links to other servers which may contain information of interest to our readers. We take no responsibility for, and exercise no control over, the organizations, views, or accuracy of the information contained on other servers. Creating a text link from your Web site to our site does not require permission.

This Web site is designed to be accessible to visitors with disabilities, and to comply with federal guidelines concerning accessibility.

Reading or Downloading
We collect and store only the following information about you: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or princeton.edu if you are connecting from Princeton University’s domain), the date and time you access our site, and the Internet address of the Web site from which you linked to our site.

We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, and to help us make our site more useful to visitors.

Changes to This Privacy Statement
We will occasionally update this privacy statement by posting a notice of such changes on this Web site prior to implementing the changes. We encourage you to periodically review this statement to be informed of how Preferred IPA is protecting your information.