Two HHS agencies have released model notices that health care providers can use to comply with new HIPAA privacy and security rules that take effect in less than a week, Health Data Managementreports (Goedert, Health Data Management, 9/16).
The final HIPAA omnibus rule -- which includes four final rules that implement tougher privacy and security provisions -- was called for under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package's HITECH Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The rules:
The new federal privacy and security regulations will take effect Sept. 23 (iHealthBeat, 9/10).
Details of Models
The examples were developed by HHS' Office for Civil Rights and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
OCR and ONC released the model notices in three formats:
Covered entities also can download a text-only version (Miliard, Healthcare IT News, 9/17).