A new toolkit released by the American Medical Association can help physicians navigate sweeping new revisions to the privacy and security rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Physicians must comply with these new rules by September 23, 2013.
Among the key changes physicians must make for the September 23 deadline are new agreements with business associates who handle patient information, privacy notices to share with patients and increased security measures for patient data. Download the toolkit and visit the AMA website for additional resources, including a list of frequently asked questions.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the 563-page HIPAA omnibus rule in January, revising and extending required safeguards for protected health information and expanding the individual rights of patients. The updated law also tightens requirements on physicians when patient information is breached. As a result, practices could face more legal scrutiny and higher fines in the event of a breach.