The DOL’s Employee Benefit Security Administration has recently updated its HIPAA compliance assistance guide. The guide not only provides an overview of the HIPAA portability provisions but also includes compliance tips for related federal laws such as the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act, the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The guide also includes a chart of required notices pursuant to these laws, as well as model language for the notices. The guide is a good starting place to ensure compliance with the plethora of laws that have been enacted over the years.
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