CHA News Article

2017 Privacy Manual Covers New Laws, Issues and OCR Guidance

The comprehensive California Health Information Privacy Manual addresses all state and federal privacy laws and provides insights to help hospitals comply with increasingly complex regulations. The 2017 edition has been updated to include:  

  • New content, including photographing and filming patients, searching patients and their belongings, observers present in the facility, audio recording confidential communications, body cameras and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
  • New laws and court decisions, such as rulings narrowing the definition of “medical information,” HIPAA amendments on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, accommodating attorney requests prior to lawsuit filing, changes related to the release of health information in certain situations, and amendments addressing the breach of unencrypted data.
  • New Office of Civil Rights guidance on ransomware attacks, use of cloud computing solutions, patients’ right to have information sent to a third party and fees for copying health information.

The 2017 edition, written by Lois J. Richardson, Esq., CHA’s vice president and counsel, privacy & legal publications, also incorporates information formerly found in preemption analyses charts into the body of the manual. For more information and to order, visit www.calhospital.org/privacy.  

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