HIPAA Authorization Forms

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Employers who offer health benefits to their employees must ensure compliance with various regulations (including revised final discrimination rules) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). These compliance obligations include implementing policies, procedures, and notices as required under HIPAA privacy rules, recent security rules, and revised final discrimination rules. Failure to comply with HIPAA regulations can lead to penalties of $100 per violation per day up to a maximum of $25,000 in a calendar year.

HIPAA Discrimination Rules prohibit discrimination against individuals or beneficiaries based upon a health factor in group health coverage, plan eligibility, and rewards for wellness programs.

HIPAA Privacy Rules require employer sponsors of group health plans to adopt policies and procedures to ensure the privacy of each individual's protected health information (PHI). Privacy rule obligations were expanded and clarified in recent years due to court decisions, legal interpretations, and directives on how state and federal privacy laws interact.

HIPAA Security Rules require employer sponsors of group health plans also to maintain the confidentiality and integrity of electronic protected health information (EPHI).

These forms are for your use when an employee requests release of his or her confidential HIPAA-covered health information. Use them to comply with HIPAA regulations.