CHA News Article

Updated Privacy Manual Goes to Press

The 2012 edition of the California Health Information Privacy Manual has been sent to the printer and will be available Oct. 31.This California-specific resource was written to help hospitals understand and comply with increasingly complex federal and state laws regulating the privacy, security, use and disclosure of health information.

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,” states Lois Richardson, CHA’s vice president for privacy and legal publications/education. “The manual addresses privacy requirements under the HITECH Act, HIPAA, the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, the California Patient Access to Health Records Act, the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, and other state laws.”

In order to provide practical guidance to member hospitals seeking to determine the privacy rules that apply to their operations, the manual includes an updated preemption analysis. This one-of-a-kind analysis compares California laws to the federal regulations and determines which law provides greater patient protection and therefore should be followed. The manual also contains a CD with more than 40 useful forms, many in English and Spanish, which providers may use to comply with the patients’ rights requirements. To learn more, or to order the manual, go to