HIPAA Resource Page


These links may be of help in gaining a deeper knowledge of HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1996. Title II of HIPAA requires the establishment of national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health insurance plans, and employers. It also addresses the security and privacy of health data. 

For an overview of HIPAA Privacy Rules from the NYS Office of Mental Health, go to


For general information on HIPAA from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:


To determine whether an individual or organization is a "covered entity" under HIPAA:


To obtain a HIPAA manual for small practices: 

Bruce Hillowe, JD, PhD, HIPAA Compliance Manual for Small Mental Health Practices in New York State
(4th Edition).
  Instructions, Handbook and Forms for Compliance with the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus and Related Rules, with Record-Keeping and Informed Consent Supplements, CD-ROM included, Word Format, c. 2013 Bruce V. Hillowe.  All rights reserved.  Valuable general source on policies and procedures. Can be ordered by calling 800-286-0369 or from his website, for $70, by emailing him at  http://www.brucehillowe.com/main.asp?id=18.  $60 if ordered through NYSSCSW. Mail  check to NYSSCSW, 55 Harristown Rd, Suite 106, Glen Rock, NJ  07452.       

For a short article, “Frequently Asked Questions Regarding HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules” written by NYSSCSW member David Phillips, LCSW, go to


For Medicaid resources from the NYS Department of Education:


For a Medicaid Handbook from New York State Department of Education: