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HIPAA COW is a non-member 501(c)(3) corporation, a not-for-profit charitable organization. To learn more about recent accomplishments and goals, see our Annual Report.


Assist HIPAA Covered Entities, Business Associates, and other interested parties in implementing HIPAA’s Privacy, Security and EDI Standard Transaction provisions, as amended over time.

  • Foster public education about HIPAA.
  • Facilitate and streamline HIPAA Implementation through identification of best practices.
  • Reduce duplicate efforts among entities obligated to comply with HIPAA.
  • Offer opportunities for partnering and collaborating between entities implementing HIPAA.
  • Identify and evaluate new or difficult HIPAA interpretation issues.


Did you know? HIPAA COW is an RSA of WEDI SNIP. Talk about Alphabet Soup! Literal Translation: The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act Collaborative of Wisconsin is a Regional Strategic National Implementation Process Affiliate of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange Strategic National Implementation Process. OK, it still doesn’t tell you much. What it means to HIPAA COW is that being a Regional affiliate of WEDI provides us with: An important resource for our programs. A voice in the national dialog regarding HIPAA implementation. The ability to collaborate with other states and regions. It’s a good partnership.

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The HIPAA Collaborative of Wisconsin is not a resource designed to handle individual one to one communications. We are a volunteer organization and do not serve in a consulting capacity, nor do we provide legal advice to individuals or entities. We encourage you to use our resources and attend our programs.

If you are unsure of your status under the HIPAA regulations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has information to help you make that determination.

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The initial creation of HIPAA COW was a joint effort of the following Wisconsin healthcare organizations. Many other organizations have since contributed greatly to its ongoing growth and vitality:

  • The Alliance
  • Dean Health Plan
  • ProHealth Care
  • Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
  • UW Hospital & Clinics
  • WEA Trust
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Wisconsin Hospital Association
  • Wisconsin Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Wisconsin Health Information Management Association

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