For many years, medical practices that are HIPAA covered entities have worked long and hard to comply with privacy and security provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Education: View TMA's educational programs on HIPAA privacy and security compliance.
E-tips: TMA offers physicians (general information) advice on issues related to HIPAA compliance.
Meaningful Use HIPAA Security Risk Analysis (Action, Oct. 15, 2012)
Download a sample Business Associates Agreement.
Download a Notice of Privacy Practices.
Privacy and security update: risk analysis for health care professionals (TMLT article, Mar.15, 2013)
HIPAA and Medical Power of Attorney (E-Tips, Feb. 11, 2013)
Eight Steps to a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis (E-Tips, Feb. 11, 2013)
Health Plan Requests for PHI (E-Tips, Feb. 11, 2013)
How to Render PHI "Deidentified" (E-Tips, Jan. 23, 2013)
HIPAA Privacy Training: Why Now Is a Good Time
Zip It! Feds, State Strengthen Privacy Protection (Texas Medicine, July 2012)
Texas Privacy: New Law Protects Health Information (Texas Medicine, Dec. 2011)
TMA’s comments on HHS Accounting of Disclosures proposed rule (Aug. 1, 2011)
What You Need to Know about the New HIPAA Breach Notification Rule (PDF) - AMA
The National Provider Identifier Fact Sheet (PDF) (CMS, January 2006)
DocbookMD Find out about this HIPAA-compliant communication tool for your smartphone or tablet.
U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesView frequently-asked questions, rules, enforcement plans, etc.
Privacy and security update: risk analysis for health care professionals (TMLT article, Mar. 15, 2013)
Hot Topic Bibliography - HITECH/HIPAA
HIPAA News ArchiveThe history, politics and changing concepts behind HIPAA are chronicled in the archived articles.
HIPAA Education Modules:The federal Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released three modules for physicians on compliance with various aspects of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, available at Medscape.org:
1. Patient Privacy: A Guide for Providers
2. HIPAA and You: Building a Culture of Compliance
3. Examining Compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule The Medscape modules offer free Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for physicians.For more information, please visit http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy.