The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a federal law that protects the privacy and security of health information, helps people keep health insurance, and makes healthcare more efficient. Under HIPAA, you have rights pertaining to your health information, and there are limits restricting who can view your health information.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) oversee HIPAA, ensuring that your rights are upheld.

To report a HIPAA concern, please call 775-982-8300.



Why was HIPAA enacted?

  • To protect patients' rights regarding their health information, including the right to review it and make requests about how it is used and disclosed.
  • To ensure appropriate use and disclosure of patients' health information.
  • To require health care providers to implement safeguards to ensure privacy of patients' health information.

What kind of information does it protect?

  • Information that identifies - could be used to identify - a patient.
  • A patient's paper or electronic medical or health records.
  • Patient information exchanged verbally.
  • Information relating to the past, present or future physical or mental condition of an individual.
  • Research data that identifies individual patients.

How do I exercise my privacy rights?
In addition to the information above, you can contact the Department of Health and Human Services for requests to: