Corporate Compliance

Q&A: Notice of Privacy Practices

Compliance Monitor, January 5, 2010

Q: If a facility updates its Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP), does it have to redistribute the updated version to existing patients who are receiving direct care? Must patients sign another Acknowledgement of Receipt form?

A: When covered entities significantly change their NPP, they must notify patients and health plan members. They may communicate this information via a newsletter announcement or a notice posted in the waiting area. In a direct care setting, providers are not required to ask patients to sign another Acknowledgement of Receipt form. Notification of the update is sufficient.

Chris Apgar, CISS, answered this question in the December 2009 issue of the HCPro newsletter Briefings on HIPAA. For more information about this newsletter visit the HCMarketplace.

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