Are You Ready for the New HIPAA Regulations?

Thomas B. Fleeter, MD

New regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) go into effect on Sept. 23. This final set of rules requires all healthcare practitioners to change their notice of privacy privileges, policies and procedures, and business associates agreements.

Notice of privacy practices
Under the new regulations, patients must be able to opt out of fundraising communications. Additionally, these changes address the patient’s right to restrict disclosures to health plans for payment and healthcare operations. This is specifically designed to address payments made out-of-pocket. Also, under the new regulations, the provider must state that any breach of privacy will result in notification to the patient.

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