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Notice of Privacy Practices

The Privacy Rule requires that a notice of privacy practices be given to the healthcare providers new patients. The notice must describe the ways in which the provider may use and disclose protected health information. The notice must state the provider’s duties to protect privacy, provide a notice of privacy practices, and abide by the terms of the current notice. The notice must describe individuals’ rights, including the right to complain to HHS and to the provider if they believe their privacy rights have been violated.

Delivery of the Notice

    • Who has the right to receive the notice of privacy practices?
    • When does the patient need to receive the notice?
    • What about in emergency situations?
    • Do I need the patient’s acknowledgment that they received the notice?
    • Do I need to have the notice at my clinic?
    • Can the patient receive the notice electronically?
    • Do I need to put the notice on my website?
    • Joint notice by separate covered entities

Content of the Notice

    • Header
    • Uses and disclosures
    • Separate statements for certain uses or disclosures
    • Individual rights
    • Provider’s duties
    • Complaints
    • Contact
    • Effective date
    • Revisions to the notice
    • Documentation

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