What information is confidential?

Any information about the health of an individual, which identifies or can be used to identify the individual is confidential. This includes information that relates to the physical, mental, or emotional health or condition of an individual and the provision of, or payment for, health care of the individual. HIPAA applies to information communicated orally and in writing; it also applies to information stored in hard copy or electronically (on a computer, server, floppy drive, CD, or PDA) and information being sent by e-mail.

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1. Who is protected by HIPAA?
2. What is a Notice of Privacy Practices?
3. What information is confidential?
4. Why do I need to know about HIPAA if I don't work around patients?
5. May I share information or discuss clients with a co-worker?
6. How do I file a complaint?