Look to the AMA and website resources for updates.
The HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification rules continue to be revised, and technological
change continues to impact the application of those rules. Physician practices must ensure they stay on
top of these changes to protect their patients’ rights, maintain compliance and avoid the potentially
draconian penalties for violations.
American Medical Association HIPAA information
AMA provides a host of information designed to help physicians comply with the HIPAA Privacy,
Security and Breach Notification Rules.
US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
The HHS OCR website contains a wealth of information on the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules,
including a list serv and a link to the Transaction and Code Sets information posted by CMS.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
This link to the CMS website includes information on the Transaction and Code Sets Rule.
Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI)
This is the WEDI website which includes information on EDI in the health care industry, lists of
conferences, implementation information and the availability of resources for standard transactions.
National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS)
This is the NCVHS website. NCVHS is the Advisory Body to the Department of Health and Human
Services responsible for the HIPAA Transaction and Code Set Rule. Information on membership, how
to contact the committee, announcements and agendas for past and future public hearings is also
This is the Medicare EDI Web page. Here you will find information regarding Medicare EDI, advantages
to using Medicare EDI, Medicare EDI formats and instructions, news and events, frequently asked
questions about Medicare EDI, and information regarding Medicare paper forms and instructions.
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