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Introduction

In 1996 Congress adopted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). As part of the Act, Congress called for regulations promoting administrative simplification of healthcare transactions as well as regulations ensuring the privacy and security of patient information. The Department of Health and Human Services has since adopted regulations to implement these goals. The Final Omnibus Rule modifications took effect in September 2013. The regulations apply to "covered entities" which include health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, and health care providers who transmit health information in electronic form in connection with a transaction covered by HIPAA. The City of Lincoln has designated itself as a "hybrid entity" under the Act because it has both non-covered components and covered components. The regulations include three distinct parts: transaction standards, privacy, and security.

City functions/agencies that have been identified as health care providers, meaning they furnish, bill, or receive payment for health care in the normal course of business, include Lincoln Fire & Rescue and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.


Contact

Kathleen Cook kcook@lincoln.ne.gov
HIPAA Privacy Officer, City of Lincoln
Health Department
3140 N Street
Lincoln, NE 68510
402-441-8092
Jeff Kirkpatrick jkirkpatrick@lincoln.ne.gov
Assistant City Attorney - HIPAA
Law Department
555 S. 10th St, Ste 300
Lincoln, NE 68508
402-441-6875