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HIPAA Compliance from a Private Practice Purview

      Sweeping change continues to be the norm for health care regulations. Professionals in private practice play multiple roles within their businesses as they are responsible for policy creation, implementation, and management, as well as the day-to-day responsibilities of patient care. Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) have access to assistance via resources provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy), particularly in terms of compliance with legislation collectively referred to as the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, which took effect September 23, 2013. Though the new rules are extremely broad in nature, and in some cases complex in detail, achieving compliance does not have to be burdensome, many RDNs agree.
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      References

      1. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. MNT Provider. HIPAA: What You Need to Know. 2013 Expanded Issue. Volume 12, No. 5/6.

      2. US Department of Health and Human Services. New Rule Protects Patient Privacy, Secures Health Information. http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/01/20130117b.html. Published January 17, 2013. Accessed March 5, 2014.

      3. American Medical Association. HIPAA Privacy and Security Toolkit: Helping Your Practice Meet New Compliance Requirements. http://www.ama-assn.org/go/hipaa. Accessed October 29, 2013.

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      5. Gomes N, Daly M. What practices need to do now to prepare for HIPAA Omnibus changes. Physicians Practice website. http://www.physicianspractice.com/blog/what-practices-need-do-now-prepare-hipaa-omnibus-changes. Published September. 6, 2013. Accessed November 2, 2013.

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