Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Welcome to the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Office of HIPAA Compliance (OHC) web site - your HIPAA resource center.
HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that was passed by Congress in 1996. HIPAA is the single most significant legislation affecting the health care industry since the creation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs in 1965. HIPAA affects all individuals, providers, payers and related entities involved in health care.
OHC is responsible for the successful implementation by DHCS of all of the final rules of HIPAA under Title II - HIPAA Administrative Simplification. For more information about HIPAA or OHC, please use the links on this page.