Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Health Administration


College of Health Professions

First Advisor

David W. Bradford

Second Advisor

David M. Ward

Third Advisor

David S. Snyder

Fourth Advisor

Danielle Ripich


HIPAA - the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability act of 1996 is the largest government action in healthcare since Medicare. Since the passage of the HIPAA legislation, estimated cost of implementation has ranged from $3.8 billion to $45 billion for the implementation of the privacy rules. This study examines the cost on implementing HIPAA in private physicians' offices in South Carolina. The study selected the medical specialties of family practice, general practice, obstetrics & gynecology, and pediatrics. The study compares and analyzes cost of rural vs. urban physician practices, by specialty, and by type of entity when implementing privacy rules.


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