Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996: An Analysis of its Implication Using an Adapted Model



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University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work


The HIPA Act of 1996 is analyzed using an adapted model: Approach, Need, Assessment, and Logistics. The adaptation comes from McInnis-Dittrich (1994). McInnis-Dittrich uses the word ANALYSIS as a model structure to analyze proposed/enacted policies or programs. The structure was modified to better fit general policies and to flow from element to element by only utilizing the first three components of the structure and by adding a new element, Logistics, which facilitates an outcome and implementation analysis. In addition, the model has been enriched with assessment of values and consequences (intended and unintended). As illustrated through this paper, the adapted model seems to fit well with analyzing the HIPA Act of 1996, a macro level policy.



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