HHS releases HIPAA-related documents on patient privacy standards – Newsletter – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HHS releases HIPAA-related documents on patient privacy standards – Newsletter – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – Brief Article

Matthew Neff

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights recently released documents concerning patient rights pertaining to the privacy of personal health information standards mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). “Protecting the Privacy of Patients’ Health Information” is a four-page general fact sheet describing patients’ rights and the responsibilities of health plans, physicians, and other covered entities. The fact sheet, “How to File a Health Information Privacy Complaint with the Office for Civil Rights,” and downloadable complaint forms also are available. There also is a 20-page summary of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and frequently asked questions on health information privacy. Also included is an interim final rule on establishing procedural guidelines for imposing civil monetary penalties on entities that violate standards adopted under HIPAA’s administrative simplification provisions that was updated April 15, 2003. The fact sheets and other information can be obtained online at www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa.

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