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Do HIPAA rules apply to personal trainers?
Kerry M. Brown, MS, CSCS 7/12/2012 11:45:11 AM
Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 1:00 PM
Joined: 7/12/2012
Posts: 1

I have been looking into this, and wanted to gather the group's thoughts.  Please read below and comment.  Thanks.

In the US, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) specifies provisions for the security and privacy of Protected Health Information (PHI). PHI is defined as "any information held by a covered entity which concerns health status, provision of health care, or payment for health care that can be linked to an individual".

It can be argued that personal trainer records such as doctors waivers and fitness/health screening information "concerns health status". The only question is, are personal trainers "covered entities". As per the law, covered entities are: a health care provider that conducts certain transactions in electronic form (called here a "covered health care provider"). a health care clearinghouse. a health plan.This means that a personal trainer is not a covered entity and therefore not bound by HIPAA rules EXCEPT in the case where the personal trainer works for a covered entity. This means that if you are a personal trainer that works for a doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist that accepts insurance, you have to protect your clients data under HIPAA rules.