Report on Patient Privacy

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  • Frequency: monthly (12 issues/year)
  • Pages: 12
  • Format: Print and PDF versions
  • ISSN: 1539-6487
  • Pub Code: HIPAA-11WEB

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Report on Patient Privacy

The health industry’s #1 source of timely news and business strategies for safeguarding patient privacy and data security. Published for hospitals and other providers, health plans and other HIPAA-covered entities and business associates, the 12-page newsletter focuses on privacy issues that can result in huge fines, penalties and public relations nightmares, including: security breach notification; business associate relations and agreements; and new federal privacy rules for marketing, fundraising, privacy notices, minimum necessary, patient rights and safeguarding privacy in EHRs. Annual subscriptions include 12 issues of Report on Patient Privacy (with print and electronic delivery) and access to a subscriber-only website with 32 narrative sections of guidance by experts (packed with policies, procedures and practical tools), links to all pertinent documents, and searchable archives of the newsletter.

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Practical News and Strategies for Complying With HIPAA

HIPAA compliance now involves brand-new challenges in a wide range of areas, with:

  • Huge changes in the obligations and liabilities of business associates and their relationships (and agreements) with covered entities ... plus new HIPAA obligations for “subcontractors,”
  • A big change in breach notification, including the definition of “breach” and replacement of the “harm” standard,
  • New restrictions on the “sale” of PHI, research authorizations, protecting genetic information, an individual’s right to access and request restrictions, fundraising opt-outs and disclosures, and the PHI of decedents ... plus numerous changes in your Notice of Privacy Practices,
  • Stronger enforcement of HIPAA/HITECH violations and the imposition of greater penalties.

At the same time, security breaches — driven by human error, identity theft, nosy employees and the sloppy use of technology — are becoming commonplace, and the costs for notification and clean-up are staggering (often in the millions per incident).

With the industry-leading Report on Patient Privacy, you’ll receive timely news and analysis on all of the new regulations ... and strategies for helping your organization limit the risk of a breach ... and your losses in the event of a breach.

This valuable two-part subscription service includes:

  1. Report on Patient Privacy, AIS’s industry-leading monthly newsletter, a copy of which will be mailed to you and posted — along with searchable archives of past articles and a convenient library with PDFs of back issues — on the subscriber-only website. Check out a sample issue of the industry-leading Report on Patient Privacy.
  2. Access to the industry’s most exhaustive HIPAA privacy and security website, which features:
    • 32 detailed narrative sections of guidance written by experts on every HIPAA compliance topic from A to Z (see listing below). These exhaustive treatments are packed with sample forms, policies, procedures, decision trees and other practical tools you can adapt to your privacy and security compliance programs ... and it’s updated regularly.
    • Links to critical government documents required for compliance with privacy and security regulations and other related federal requirements.
    • Searchable archives of the monthly newsletter Report on Patient Privacy.
    • Recent stories of interest and hot topic articles grouped for convenient reading, and
    • Regular postings from your editor.

HIPAA compliance continues to be an enormous challenge for every health care compliance offer … and a subscription to Report on Patient Privacy will be your roadmap to compliance.

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You can earn CEUs from the Compliance Certification Board (CCB) of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) to help maintain any of the seven available compliance and ethics professional designations you may have.

Subscribers to Report on Patient Privacy are now eligible to receive one (1) CCB Continuing Education Unit (CEU) per issue, up to the maximum of 50% of the continuing education requirement. Please submit one sheet per five issues of Report on Patient Privacy with your CCB renewal application. For more information, contact CCB at 888-580-8373 or



  1. General Privacy Requirements
    by AIS Editorial Staff
  2. Preemption of State Law 
    by Cynthia F. Reaves, Esq., Linda S. Ross, Esq., and Michael J. Friedman, Esq., Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
  3. Getting Organized for Compliance
    by Michael D. Bell, Esq., Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, P.C.
  4. Gap Analysis and Project Planning
    by Christopher E. Coleman, MPH, Vice President, Kristy L. Kuhn, MPA, Associate Consultant, Strategic Management Systems, Inc.
  5. Completing a Risk Assessment
    by Cornelia M. Dorfschmid, Ph.D., Strategic Management Systems, Inc.
  6. Patients' Rights
    by Brian Gradle, Esq., Hogan & Hartson LLP
  7. Use and Disclosure of PHI
    by Brian Gradle, Esq., Hogan & Hartson LLP
  8. PHI and Research
    by Diane M. L. Lee, Esq., Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  9. Safeguarding PHI
    by AIS Editorial Staff
  10. Employee Education and Training
    by Geralyn Kidera, J.D., Vice President, Mark Pastin, Ph.D., President, Council of Ethical Organizations
  11. Marketing and Fundraising
    by Erin L. Darling, Esq., Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, P.C. and Eric Tower, Esq., Advocate Health Care
  12. Recordkeeping and Reporting
    by Donald E. Koenig, Jr., Esq., Catholic Healthcare Partners
  13. Privacy Audits
    by Christine Jensen, HIPAA Project Manager, Denver Health
  14. Implications for Employers
    by Katharina E. Babich, Esq., Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP


  1. Overview of the Security Rule
    by AIS Editorial Staff
  2. General Framework
    by AIS Editorial Staff
  3. Security and Privacy
    by Kristy Kuhn and Nisha Shajahan, Strategic Management Systems, Inc.
  4. Security Management
    by Royden R. Crookshanks and Donald M. Jacobs, Inteck, Inc.
  5. Risk Analysis and Management
    by Maureen H. Beekman, Six Point Solutions, LLC
  6. Contingency Planning
    by Maureen H. Beekman, Six Point Solutions, LLC
  7. Contingency Planning, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
    by Joseph Arnett, Business Continuity Taxation Professionals, Inc. and Russ Arnett, Taxation Professionals, Inc.
  8. Workforce, Physicians and Contractors
    by Richard Friedland, Friedland Management Solutions, Inc.
  9. Training and Education
    by Joseph Gifford, MD, Regence BlueShield
  10. Standards for Physical Safeguards
    by Marc R. Holland, System Research Services
  11. Standards for Technical Safeguards
    by Peter Caplan, MediSecurity
  12. Security Auditing and Audit Controls
    by Tony T. Schumaker, Riskology, Inc.
  13. Data Security Audits
    by Chris Apgar, Apgar & Associates LLC
  14. Electronic Signatures
    by Jay Elder, Interlink

Privacy and Security

  1. Selecting and Implementing EHRs/PHRs
    by Chris Apgar, Apgar & Associates LLC
  2. Breach Notification Requirements
    by AIS Editorial Staff
  3. Business Associates
    by Reece Hirsch, Esq., Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  4. OCR HIPAA Enforcement
    by AIS Editorial Staff

Written By

Report on Patient Privacy is written by an editorial team led by Francie Fernald and Theresa Defino. The narrative sections on the website were written by attorneys, consultants and other experts in HIPAA compliance (see table of contents for individual Privacy and Security section authors).

Written For

Privacy officers, compliance officers, medical records directors, CEOs, CFOs and other top managers at:

  • Hospitals
  • Billing companies
  • Managed care and insurance companies
  • Medical group practices
  • Ancillary provider groups
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • E-health companies

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