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New video helps health care providers understand HIPAA right of access

July 13, 2017 The federal government has launched a new video training module on patients' right to access their own health records.
The video module, launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, provides a review of the components of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act right of access and ways in which it helps patients get more involved in their own care.

The module provides suggestions about how health care providers can integrate aspects of the HIPAA right of access into their practices.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides consumers with important privacy rights and protections with respect to their health information, including important controls over how their health information is used and disclosed by health plans and health care providers, according to the department.

The Privacy Rule generally requires HIPAA-covered entities — many health plans and health care providers — to provide individuals, upon request, access to protected health information about them. This includes the right to inspect or obtain a copy, or both, of the protected health information, as well as to direct the covered entity to transmit a copy to a designated person or entity of the individual's choice.
Upon completion of the video, participants are eligible to receive free continuing education credit.

The module is available via Medscape at or via the Office of Civil Rights' training and resources webpage.

To help dentists implement a step-by-step HIPAA compliance program, the ADA offers the ADA Complete HIPAA Compliance Kit (J598). ADA members can save 15 percent on the HIPAA kit and all ADA Catalog products with promo code 17134 until Sept. 30. To order, visit or call 1-800-947-4746.