AMA Launches New Toolkit to Help Physicians Comply with Revised HIPAA Regulations
September 9, 2013 -- The AMA yesterday announced a new toolkit available at www.ama-assn.org/go/hipaa to help navigate the sweeping new revisions to the federal privacy and security rules for health information that go into effect on September 23, 2013. The Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule last January that revises and extends required safeguards for protected health information established under the health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.
Below is a brief article on the toolkit.
Compliance for revised HIPAA rules September 23; AMA tools simplify process
A new toolkit released by the AMA can help physicians navigate sweeping new revisions to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security rules. Physicians must comply with them by September 23.
Among the key changes doctors must make for the September 23 deadline are new agreements with business associates that handle patient information and privacy notices to share with patients and increased security measures for patient data.
Physicians can turn to the AMA's free toolkit for initial guidance in meeting the new requirements. The toolkit offers practical resources physicians can begin using in their practices:
- A physician primer provides an easy-to-understand breakdown of the revised rules to help physicians review and update their existing HIPAA policies and procedures.
- A template business associate agreement and a notice of privacy practices are ready for adoption in the practice.
- A HIPAA security resource explains how to encrypt patient data.