The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal standards to safeguard the privacy of personal health information and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information, including rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records and to request corrections. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) oversees compliance with HIPAA privacy requirements.

For more background, read AMA’s letters on this topic.

AMA-developed HIPAA privacy & security resources (also available as a CME activity in the AMA EdHub™.

This resource is provided for informational and reference purposes only and should not be construed as the legal advice of the American Medical Association. Specific legal questions regarding this information should be addressed by one's own counsel.

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