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HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. It is a federal law that requires the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information (PHI) from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge.


“For the average health care provider or health plan, the Privacy Rule [of this Act] requires activities, such as: Notifying patients about their privacy rights and how their information can be used; Adopting and implementing privacy procedures for its practice, hospital, or plan; Training employees so that they understand the privacy procedures; Designating an individual to be responsible for seeing that the privacy procedures are adopted and followed; and Securing patient records containing individually identifiable health information so that they are not readily available to those who do not need them.” [Source: Department of Health and Human Services]

View our notice of privacy practices below:

For answers to frequently asked questions about HIPAA click below:

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HIPAA Forms for DCHD

HIPAA Officers

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April Kauffman

Chief Compliance Officer

Phone: (217) 253-4137 Ext. 1203

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Stacy Shonkwiler, MSN, RN

Chief Privacy Officer

Phone: (217) 253-4137 Ext. 1205


Brandon Gast

Chief Security Officer

Phone: (217) 253-4137 Ext. 1219

HIPAA Committee

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Amanda Minor, LEHP, CPST

HIPAA Committee Member

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Lisa Biehl, RDH

HIPAA Committee Member

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Summer Phillips

HIPAA Committee Member


Colleen Lehmann

HIPAA Committee Member

Aaron Due

HIPAA Committee Member

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