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  • Sample Privacy Notices Now Available for Health Care Providers

    If you need help creating a Notice of Privacy Practice to comply with the HIPAA privacy rules, the federal government has developed model notices that you can customize, reproduce, and distribute either in print or electronically to patients.

    The Health Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) give patients a right to be informed of the privacy practices of their health care providers and health plans and of their privacy rights regarding their personal health information. HIPAA requires providers and plans to notify patients of these rights. By using a model notice, you will know you are providing the information in compliance with the regulations and that the notice reflects recent regulatory changes to the HIPAA privacy and security rules.

    You can download the model notice as a booklet, as a multipage document, as a single page presentation, or as text only.

    APTA includes this and many other resources on its HIPAA webpage.

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Delays Enforcement of DME Face-To-Face Requirement

    [Editor's Note: This article, updated October 11, 2013, replaces a previous version, "Deadline on Hold for Requirement to Meet Face-to-Face With Patients Before Ordering DME," published September 19, 2013.]

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced further delay in enforcement of the new Medicare durable medical equipment "face-to-face" encounter requirement for certain items of DME. The Affordable Care Act requires that a physician must document that a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or clinical nurse specialist has had a face-to-face encounter with the patient within 6 months before the order is written for the DME. CMS said it will announce the new enforcement date in calendar year 2014, and suppliers and physicians who are currently implementing the face-to-face requirement should continue to do so.