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HIPAA

The ACP has put together the following resources to help members understand and comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Administrative Simplification rules, including the Omnibus, Breach Notification, and the Enforcement Rules. Manuals can be used for practice assessments, as a framework for staff training, customizable forms and checklists, as well as for background information and reference.

HIPAA and Administrative Simplification Overview

Privacy Rule

The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information. These resources help physician practices comply with the rules.

Security Rule

Security Rules require practices to protect all patient information that is stored, received, or transmitted electronically.

  • Security Manual (September 2013) (members only)
  • Security Risk Assessment
    • Videos - These security training videos were developed by HHS Office of Civil Rights with small practices in mind.
    • Tool - This tool is meant to assist practices perform a risk assessment.
  • Security Rule Training Games. These two security training modules use an interactive game format to understand privacy and security challenges often faced in a typical small medical practice. The games address Cybersecurity and Contingency Planning.
  • Top 10 Myths of Security Risk Analysis
Breach Notification

The HITECH Breach Notification Rule requires HIPAA-covered entities to notify HHS of a breach of unsecured protected health information.

  • Breach Notification Regulations The Office of Civil Rights is responsible for enforcing this rule. This page has information on
  • Breach Notification Guide (members only) - This guide provides everything you need to do in the event of a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI) within your practice.
Identifiers

Links to other HIPAA and Administrative Simplification Resources

The following resources offered by other reputable organizations offer some additional information and alternatives to those included above.

Government Links

These information pages from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offer well organized web pages, including easily searchable FAQs, regarding all parts of HIPAA.

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