CHA News Article

Governor Signs Bill Extending Deadline for Reporting Privacy Breaches

Governor Brown announced yesterday that he has signed AB 1755 (Gomez, D-Los Angeles), which extends the time frame for reporting breaches of health information privacy to the California Department of Public Health, and to the patient, from five business days to 15 business days following detection. CHA supported this bill to provide hospitals and other health care facilities more time to investigate the circumstances of a possible breach and, if necessary, to make the required notifications. The longer time frame will become effective Jan. 1, 2015.

The bill also permits notification to the patient be made by alternative means, such as email, if specified by the patient. Current law requires that notification be made by U.S. mail.