The page, sponsored by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), and other state agencies, was set up to keep interested parties up to date with the effects of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
The new Ask the HIPAA Hippo page allows interested parties to e-mail questions about HIPAA and its implications for offices, practices, programs or agencies to the Hippo, the group’s unofficial mascot.
The HIPAA Hippos, who are in fact two DSHS HIPAA Communications-Health Policy interns, track down answers and post them on the site’s bulletin board.
The site also includes issue-resolution files, assessment tools and links to other HIPAA sites.
To ask a question, visit the hippo at http://maa.dshs.wa.gov/dshshipaa .