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HIPAA tasks for your practice

October 06, 2014 The ADA Complete HIPAA Compliance Kit has tools to design and implement a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance program, including customizable forms and revisions to reflect changes from the 2013 Omnibus Final Rule. The kit is available to members at ADA.org/HIPAA, ADACatalog.org and by calling 1-800-947-4746.

A recent ADA member email describes "four easy tasks to facilitate HIPAA compliance" with ADA.org and additional links to ADA apps from the Apple Store and Google Play.

  • Update your business associate agreements. Business associates should take the same precautions with personal health information as you do. The compliance kit's revised form covers business associates and their sub-contractors.
  • Designate a privacy official — your practice's HIPAA point person. The kit includes a job description and a form that documents the assignment of your privacy official.
  • Get a notice of privacy practices in Spanish. The kit has NPP forms in Spanish and English.
  • Make sure staff training is current with the kit's two-level CD-ROM training program. Level 1 teaches office staff HIPAA compliance basics. Level 2 is a module designed for managers to develop office HIPAA programs.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released a new fact sheet through the Medicare Learning Network at cms.gov, HIPAA Privacy and Security Basics for Providers, which links to other government resources with HIPAA compliance information.