March/April 2015 Issue
Electronic Access to Adolescents' Health Records: Legal, Policy, and Practice Implications [Feature]

Letting minors view their health records online means finding a compromise between patient privacy and parental rights.

May/June 2013 Issue
HIPAA Again: Confronting the Updated Privacy and Security Rules [Feature]

Author explains final "omnibus" rule released from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Jan. 17 that it said would strengthen patient privacy protections, give patients greater control over their health records, and beef up the government’s ability to enforce the regulations.

Jul-Aug 2009 Issue
"Will the Feds Really Buy Me an EHR?" and Other Commonly Asked Questions About the HITECH Act [Feature]

The article answers physicians' questions about the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which allocated $19.5 billion for the adoption of health care information technology and modified the HIPAA requirements.

Apr 2008 Issue
How to Protect Your Data When You're on the Web [Feature]

The article describes strategies family physicians should employ to avoid Internet security breaches.

Jan 2008 Issue
Does Primary Care Need Medicare? [Opinion]

Its payment system undervalues primary care, and its regulations include jail time for physicians' mistakes. What's not to love?

Apr 2005 Issue
Ten Steps to HIPAA Security Compliance [Feature]

The article will explain the new HIPAA security regulations and how family practices can comply with them.

Jun 2004 Issue
Hipaaposterous [Balancing Act]

This article is one physician's lighthearted view of regulations imposed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Sep 2003 Issue
Help With the HIPAA Transactions and Code Sets Standards [Feature]

This article addresses the HIPAA transaction and code sets implementation process and provides information regarding what data health plans will be need in order to pay claims once the standard becomes effective.

Apr 2003 Issue
A Request for Further Guidance [Editor's Page]

Follows up on "A Piece of Your Mind" (Nov/Dec 2002) by asking for more specific guidance on two topics FPM might cover.

Feb 2003 Issue
The HIPAA Privacy Rule: Three Key Forms [Feature]

The author provides samples of three forms useful in implementing HIPAA privacy regulations -- the Notice of Privacy Policy, a patient authorization form, and a patient consent form that is not strictly required by HIPAA but may be useful.

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