Relationships between consumers or patients and health care professionals are most rewarding and likely to result in good results when there is open communication and active participation of patients in the treatment process.
Patient participation in treatment is an important part of following treatment directions, and following directions improves care and treatment.
HIPAA, which stands for the American Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, is a set of rules to be followed by doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. HIPAA took effect on April 14, 2006. HIPAA helps ensure that all medical records, medical billing, and patient accounts meet certain consistent standards with regard to documentation, handling and privacy.