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Wisconsin governor signs "HIPAA Harmonization" bill into law

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 28, 2014

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 453 (Act 238), also known as “HIPAA Harmonization,” into law April 8. This statute better aligns Wisconsin state law governing the uses and disclosures of protected health information with the HIPAA Privacy Rule, according to The National Law Review.


The new law addresses uses and disclosures of PHI in Wisconsin. The HIPAA Omnibus Rule redefined several HIPAA terms, and the new Wisconsin law similarly redefines the following terms so they more closely align with the Privacy Rule definitions:
  • Business associate (BA)
  • Covered entity (CE)
  • Disclosure
  • Healthcare operations
  • Payment
  • Protected health information
  • Treatment and treatment facility
  • Use
The state law also requires CEs that meet the definition of a treatment facility to comply with federal notice of privacy practices regulations.

Wisconsin law also provides that the restrictions in Wis. Stat. § 51.30 do not apply to use, disclosure, or request for disclosure of PHI by CEs and BAs if:
  1. The CE or BA makes the use, disclosure, or request for disclosure in compliance with 45 CFR 164.500–164.53
  2. The CE or BA makes the use, disclosure, or request for disclosure for the purpose of treatment, payment, or healthcare operations

This article originally appeared on HCPro’s
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