The Doctor’s Advocate | Fourth Quarter 2012
New Stricter Texas Privacy Requirements Took Effect September 1, 2012
Concerned that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act did not do enough to protect patient privacy, in 2011 the Texas legislature passed House Bill 300, which creates stricter legal requirements relating to medical records privacy and HIPAA matters for covered entities.
This is not the first time the Texas legislature has expanded privacy protections since HIPAA was passed in 1996. In fact, HB 300 amends and supplements the Texas Medical Records Privacy Act, which was passed in 2001 in response to HIPAA.
For complete information on HB 300, visit the Texas legislature online at www.capitol.state.tx.us.