Electronic Security & Privacy: Is HIPAA for Healthcare Organizations Only? What About Employers?


HIPAA RequirementsBy David Glickman


The most talked about and feared privacy and security regulation is certainly the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The requirements are wide-reaching, onerous, and specific.1

Many employers fear that HIPAA applies to them simply because they handle medical information as part of their benefits program, but that is not the criteria. HIPAA, in fact, only applies to what the Department of Labor calls “Covered Entities,” which can be a Health Care Provider, a Clearinghouse, or a Health Plan.

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