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ADA Offers New Resource to Help Dentists Comply with Changes to HIPAA Rule

HIPAA Privacy and Security Kit with CD-Rom Available

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Telephone: 312-440-2806
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CHICAGO, April 2, 2010—The American Dental Association (ADA) is offering The ADA Practical Guide to HIPAA Compliance: Privacy and Security Kit to help dentists comply with HIPAA Privacy and Security and with the enhanced requirements that were part of HITECH Act provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The new HITECH Act rules include when and how dentists must provide notification if protected health information has been exposed in a security breach and well as the breach notification process that a business associate must follow. The ADA is recommending that dentists review and revise their Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance programs and make any necessary changes to their Notice of Privacy Practices and to business associate agreements.

The ADA Practical Guide to HIPAA Compliance: Privacy and Security Kit provides a step-by-step tool to help dentists implement HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification compliance programs that include the new HITECH Act requirements, as well as update and strengthen existing HIPAA compliance programs.  The kit includes sample forms, policies and procedures, checklists and risk assessment questions that can be tailored to individual practices. In addition, the kit includes sample Notice of Privacy Practices and Business Associate Agreement Amendment provisions, workforce training guidance and an analysis of twelve HIPAA Privacy and Security Attributes that are key to compliance.

The Privacy and Security Kit also includes a companion CD-ROM to help dentists tailor the contents of the kit to their practices. Dentists who purchase the Privacy and Security Kit will receive a subscription to the ADA’s annual HIPAA Compliance Update Service through January 2013, which will provide users with current information about rules, regulations and news regarding HIPAA requirements.  In addition, dentists who purchase the Privacy and Security Kit are eligible to earn up to eight continuing education credits by successfully completing the HIPAA test at adaceonline.org. The fee for the test is $29 for members.    

The ADA member price for the ADA Practical Guide to HIPAA Compliance: Privacy and Security Kit is $225 and the price is $337.50 for non-members. For more information, please visit www.adacatalog.org  or call (800) 947-4746.

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.