HIPAA hurray -- a weekly HIPAA message

picture disc.HIPAA, the "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996," provides federal protection of patient health information. You will be receiving weekly messages to help you understand the topic and how it impacts your job. Today's HIPAA message congratulates the campus for the implementation of HIPAA policies and procedures -- one month before the compliance date.

The HIPAA policies and procedures became effective yesterday at NHS/UMA/UNMC/UDA including distribution of the Notice of Privacy Practices to patients. This is one month prior to the federal compliance date of April 14.

Congratulations on all your hard work in implementing this

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If you're a manager, please ensure all of your employees are informed of the contents of these messages and how it applies to your work area. Some ways of sharing the information include discussions during staff meetings, printing and posting this message or asking your employees if they have any further questions.