HHS Issues New HIPAA Model Notice Of Privacy Practices

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released various model notices of privacy practices that health plans can use to comply with the HIPAA privacy rule. HIPAA requires health plans and providers to distribute notices to individuals of the individuals’ privacy rights regarding their personal health information. The notices also must contain clear, user-friendly explanations of plans’ and providers’ privacy practices.

The new model notices reflect recent regulatory changes to the HIPAA privacy and security rules and can serve as a baseline for covered entities that are working to come into compliance with new requirements. The notices for both plans and providers were issued in three forms: a booklet, a layered notice with a summary on the first page and full content on the following pages, and a full-page presentation with design elements of a booklet. The HHS has stated that consumers highly preferred the booklet format and preferred that the materials be issued in color.

All of the notices can be accessed on the HHS website at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/modelnotices.html

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