APA Reviews Final HIPAA Privacy Rule
Thu January 24,
(Arlington, VA) - The Department of Health and Human Services recently released a Final Rule on the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is pleased with the Final Rule’s inclusion of several additional privacy protections for patients, including permitting patients to ask for a copy of their electronic medical record, enabling patients who pay with cash to instruct their health care providers to not make information about their treatment available to insurers, and requiring health care providers who are HIPAA covered entities (CEs) to include within their Notice of Privacy Practices (NPPs) a statement of the right of patients to be notified following a breach of their protected health information. The APA has provided a detailed and a short summary of the final HIPPA Privacy Rule.