HIPAA's privacy rule: What urologists need to know

January 1, 2003

As most urologists know, new federal standards have been established to ensure the privacy of patients' health information as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. In my September 2002 article, I presented limited information on HIPAA and its impact on physicians' practices, including the standards for the electronic transmission of health care transactions and the rules associated with implementation.