Today is deadline for posting revised HIPAA privacy notice

Sept. 23 is the deadline for hospitals and other entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to post updated privacy notices under the HITECH Act of 2009. A final rule implementing the HITECH Act’s HIPAA provisions introduced new content requirements for the privacy notice. HIPAA-covered entities with a direct treatment relationship with patients must prominently post the revised notice on their website by Sept. 23 and make the revised notice available to patients upon their request on or after that date. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Office for Civil Rights have developed model notices that may serve as a guide for hospitals and health plans updating their notices to meet the new requirements.

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