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Updated Privacy Manual Contains Helpful New Tools

The 2013 edition of the California Health Information Privacy Manual is now available. The fifth edition of this California-specific resource has been updated to reflect the long-awaited HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus rule published on Jan. 25. Orders are now being accepted at

“The California Health Information Privacy Manual is the only publication available to health care providers that integrates and compares California privacy protections with federal law,” said Lois Richardson, CHA’s vice president for privacy and legal publications/education. “The manual addresses privacy requirements under the HITECH Act, HIPAA, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, the California Patient Access to Health Records Act, the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act and other state laws.”

This edition also includes new and updated tools including the Notice of Privacy Practices, Federal and State Breach Notification Chart, HIPAA Breach Decision Tool and Risk Assessment Documentation Form, Questionnaire and Satisfactory Assurances (for breaches involving paper or electronic PHI) and Confidentiality Agreement. To view a list of other major changes to the manual, or to order the manual, visit