This project examines the impact of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 transactions and privacy standards on rural hospitals.
Case studies of rural hospitals have gathered information on:
- Which HIPAA regulations do administrators perceive as being the most burdensome?
- How have hospitals changed their operations, policies and procedures to ensure compliance with HIPAA?
- What resources (e.g., manpower, financial) have hospitals committed to HIPAA compliance activities?
This study was conducted in collaboration with the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis.