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The Utah Medicaid HIPAA website contains information for Medicaid providers and trading partners regarding HIPAA legislation and electronic data interchange (EDI). Although HIPAA is targeted at standardizing electronic health care transactions, it also affects many aspects of paper billing, such as coding structures and required data elements.

If you are a Medicaid recipient, you can obtain HIPAA information for recipients by visiting the Medicaid client website.

What is HIPAA and why is it important?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was enacted into law on August 21, 1996. The entire healthcare industry was affected, including providers, payers, health plans, clearinghouses, and individuals. The purpose was to improve health insurance coverage, combat waste, fraud and abuse, and simplify the administration of health insurance.

The Administrative Simplification provisions of HIPAA, Part C Title II, require the Department of Health and Human Services to establish national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health plans, and employers. It also addresses the security and privacy of health data. Adopting standards improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation's health care system by encouraging the widespread use of electronic data interchange in health care.