For the proper management and protection of personal health information, the Privacy Rules of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) are detailed.
The HIPAA online course clearly outlines the types of data that can be collected, the standard transaction methods, the minimum safeguards required to secure such data, the purposes the data can and cannot be used for, and the rights of individuals.
Image Source: Google
These rules outline the penalties that may be imposed on covered entities for unlawfully using sensitive information.
HIPAA Privacy Rules may not be the only law protecting an individual. There are many state and other laws that have privacy provisions. It doesn't matter if the HIPAA Privacy Rules or the State Privacy Rules conflict or are on the same grounds, there will always remain confusion among the affected entities and the individual as to which set of laws should be followed.
These points will inform you about how HIPAA Privacy interacts with other state laws.
General Rule: If there are two sets of laws at the same time, namely HIPAA Privacy rules and state laws, the first will prevail if they contradict the federal HIPAA rule. If you cannot fulfill both the Privacy Rules and the state law, the latter will be considered conflicting.
If any state law is found to interfere with the HIPAA privacy rules, it will also be considered conflicting. In most cases, HIPAA rules will prevail over any other laws in your region.
Exceptions to the general rules: Although the general rules are applicable in most cases, it is not always so. In certain cases, the HIPAA Privacy rules will not apply to state laws.