New Privacy Manual


This comprehensive resource addresses all state and federal laws related to the privacy of health information, and provides guidance to help hospitals comply with increasingly complex regulations. Laws covered include:

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH)
  • Confidentiality of Medical Information Act
  • Patient Access to Health Records Act
  • Lanterman-Petris-Short Act

This edition incorporates into the main text information formerly found in preemption analyses charts so all information about a particular issue is in one place. The 2017 edition also addresses:

New Content
  • Photographing and filming patients
  • Searching patients and their belongings
  • Observers present in the facility
  • Audio recording confidential communications
  • Body cameras and consumer wearables
  • The Telephone Consumer Protection Act
New Laws/Court Decisions
  • Responding to attorney requests prior to the filing of a lawsuit
  • Changes regarding the release of health information in certain situations
  • Rulings narrowing the definition of “medical information” 
  • Amendments regarding the breach of unencrypted computerized data
  • HIPAA amendments regarding the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System
Office of Civil Rights Guidance Regarding
  • Ransomware attacks
  • The use of cloud computing solutions 
  • Patient’s right to have information sent to a third party
  • Fees for copying health information

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