Health Information Management

HIPAA Q&A: Updates to NPP?

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 28, 2010

Q. Do we need to update our Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) to include information about breach notification?

A. There is no requirement to update the NPP in this situation. This would be good information to include in an updated NPP, but no regulation requires it.

Editor’s note: Chris Apgar, CISSP, president of Apgar & Associates, LLC, in Portland, OR, answered this question. Apgar has more than 17 years of experience in information technology and specializes in security compliance, assessments, training, and strategic planning. He is a board member of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange and chair of the Oregon and Southwest Washington Healthcare, Privacy, and Security Forum.

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