As practices and health care organizations become increasingly digitized, physicians must be aware of HIPAA’s Administrative Simplification provisions—and particularly the Privacy, Security and Breach Notification requirements—that protect the confidentiality of their patients’ medical information. Physicians need to understand these rules and participate in a formal compliance plan designed to ensure all the requirements are met, including state requirements that go above and beyond federal mandates.
Essential HIPAA Tools & Resources
HIPAA audit resources
HIPAA compliant electronic transaction toolkit
Patient Support & Advocacy
AMA advocacy efforts
The AMA advocates at the federal and state levels on key health care issues impacting patients and physicians. See updates of some of the recent efforts.
Protected health information (PHI) disclosures for treatment purposes
Does HIPAA require that health care providers obtain patient authorization to disclose protected health information (PHI) for treatment purposes? Find the answer.
Cigna’s modifier 25 policy burdens doctors and deters prompt care
Payer’s requirement that physicians submit office notes when reporting E/M codes with modifier 25 is a waste of time and bad for patients. Learn more.
Myth or fact? Patients must OK disclosure of medical information
Many physicians believe HIPAA requires patient authorization to disclose protected health information for treatment purposes. That’s not always true.
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