AMA Toolkit Helps Clinicians Navigate HIPAA Privacy Rule Changes
September 20, 2013 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a new toolkit to help physicians comply with significant new revisions to the federal privacy and security rules for health information that become effective September 23, 2013. Last January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule that enhances the required safeguards for protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 (see the January 25, 2013, Physician Practice E-News). In addition to expanding the rights of patients, the rule tightens requirements expected of physicians related to breaches of protected health information, meaning that physicians could face more legal scrutiny and higher fines in the event of a data breach.