Protected health information

HIPAA Security: What Risks Are Realistic for Your Practice? - 05/30/2019

Here are some of the factors practices should consider when assessing the security of their patients’ electronic protected health information.


HIPAA Security Rule: Move It to Top of Mind - 05/30/2019

Pilot audit reports suggest a good place to start your HIPAA security compliance is with a careful reading of the HIPAA Security Rule, and training.


Secure Patients’ Protected Health Information - Senate Bill 944 - 03/26/2019

Like the authors of this legislation, TMA is an ardent supporter of protecting patient privacy. TMA believes that with the following recommendations, Senate Bill 944 will provide parity and consistency in current statute regarding a physician’s absolute requirements to protect a Texan’s confidential, protected health information (PHI) under state and federal privacy laws, particularly given the potential that under House Bill 2189 more covered entities (although not fully governmental entities) could fall under the purview of Chapter 552.


Secure Patients’ Protected Health Information - 03/20/2019

TMA believes that with the following recommendations, House Bill 2191 will provide parity and consistency in current statute regarding a physician’s absolute requirements to protect a Texan’s confidential, protected health information (PHI) under state and federal privacy laws, particularly given the potential that under House Bill 2189 more covered entities (although not fully governmental entities) could fall under the purview of Chapter 552.


TMA Supports Privacy Protections - 04/20/2018

SB 1610 eliminates legal confusion by setting a single Texas standard for the elements for compliance. In those rare but very unfortunate instances when we have to notify patients that the privacy of their medical records may have been breached, SB 1610 eliminates the daunting task of complying with multiple, constantly changing laws passed in other states. We don’t need to rely on other state legislatures to protect and inform our patients, and to direct the Texas health care system.


Return-to-Work or -School Releases and HIPAA - 01/27/2017

Is it necessary to have an authorization signed by the patient or parent for a return-to-work or return-to-school release?


HIPAA and Medical Power of Attorney - 11/08/2016

Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule change the way in which a person can grant another person medical power of attorney?


Health Plan Requests for PHI - 11/08/2016

Are health plan requests for protected health information (PHI) always permitted under HIPAA?


Can I Share My Patient’s PHI for Treatment of a Family Member? - 06/08/2016

Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, may I disclose protected health information (PHI) about my patient to another physician who requests it for the treatment of my patient’s family member?


Good Form - 05/13/2016

As more physicians adopt electronic health records and increasingly share patient information electronically, complying with state and federal privacy and security laws becomes more important than ever. The Texas Medical Association wants physicians to have the tools they need to comply while alleviating the administrative hassles that often accompany compliance, so it has created a patient authorization form to help physicians adhere to the law. By signing the form, a patient authorizes the physician to disclose all information in the medical record including medication lists, tests, and diagnoses. The form features fields for patient demographic information and medical history.