Health Information Management

Updating the Notice of Privacy Practice

HIM-HIPAA Insider, December 8, 2009

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Q. If we update our Notice of Privacy Practice (NPP), do we need to redistribute it 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 that they have done so. 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.

Editor’s note: Chris Apgar, CISSP of Apgar & Associates, LLC, in Portland, OR, answered the previous question in the December issue of Medical Records Briefing.



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