League members may also request an opinion directly from the League via email. Please include the subject heading and number when making such a request.

69. Summarizes the security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). 2/28/05.

68. Summarizes the "Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information" (Privacy Rule) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The HIPAA Privacy Rule creates national minimum standards to protect individuals' medical records and other personal health information. Covered entities, which include municipal health care providers like emergency medical service providers, must comply with the privacy regulations by April 14, 2003. Contains list of links to sites with information on HIPAA. 2/28/03.

67. Concludes that a city is prohibited from seeking payment from a neighboring municipality pursuant to an ambulance service agreement it has with the municipality to cover the difference between the city's actual bill for ambulance services it provided to a medical assistance recipient and the amount the city was reimbursed from medical assistance. Section HFS 106.04(3), Wis. Admin. Code. 2/29/00.

66. A city without a health department, local health board and local health officer under ch. 251, Wis. Stats., nevertheless retains authority under its general police powers to enact and enforce ordinances designed to protect the health of the public. Also discusses how health regulations may be enforced in the absence of a municipal health department and local health officer. 11/11/99.

65. Reviews law governing municipal responsibility/authority for handling local health matters. Summarizes law governing local health departments, local boards of health and local health officers. 4/30/99.