Health Information Management

Q&A: Keeping NPP receipt acknowledgments

HIM-HIPAA Insider, December 14, 2010

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Q. Do we need to keep the acknowledgment form when we provide a Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) to a patient? If so, how long must we keep it?

A. Covered Entities must keep records for six years to demonstrate their compliance with the Privacy Rule. The signed acknowledgment form must be kept to demonstrate compliance with the NPP requirement.
 
Editor’s note: Mary D. Brandt, MBA, RHIA, CHE, CHPS, associate executive director of Health Information Management (HIM) at Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, TX answered this question, which originally appeared in the December issue of Briefings on HIPAA.



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