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Psychiatric News
Volume 38 Number 6 page 9-9

The compliance date for the federal privacy rule is just around the corner—April 14, 2003. To help APA members meet the compliance requirements, APA has developed a packet of educational materials and sample documents that can be accessed on APA’s Web site at www.psych.org/pub_pol_adv/hipaa/hipaa_guide.cfm. Hard copies are available by calling the APA Answer Center at (888) 35-PSYCH.

The privacy rule was mandated by a subsection of the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) titled "Administrative Simplification." This subsection required the creation of federal rules regarding the transmission and safeguarding of electronically shared health information. The packet includes the following materials:

The materials were developed by APA’s Corresponding Committee on Confidentiality. The members of the committee are Margo Goldman, M.D. (chair), Douglas Ingram, M.D., David Benedek, M.D., Roxane Sanders, M.D., Arthur Farley, M.D., Joan Gerbasi, M.D., J.D., Peter Mayerson, M.D., Peter Ash, M.D., Latanya Sweeney, M.D., and Paul Mosher, M.D.

Goldman noted that members can use the committee’s materials to draft policies and procedures that fit their particular practices. Nonetheless, they should still consult with an attorney to evaluate their specific circumstances and ensure that they comply with state law.

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