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.


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The Doctor’s Advocate

Fourth Quarter 2012

Director's Forum
REMS: Opioid-Related Patient Safety and Liability

An Ounce of Prevention
End-Tidal CO2 Challenge in the Obstetric Operating Room

Politically Speaking
Trial Lawyers Suffer Stunning Defeat

Postoperative Visual Loss: A Catastrophic Complication

The Foundation News
Seeking Entries for the 2013 Young Physicians Patient Safety Award

Michigan Physician Advisory Board Update

New Stricter Texas Privacy Requirements Took Effect September 1, 2012

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