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Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP)

Each covered entity, specifically direct treatment providers, must provide a Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) to patients no later than the date of first service delivery, except in emergency treatment situation.

Content Requirements

The Privacy Rule requires that the notice contain certain elements. The notice must describe the ways in which the covered entity may use and disclose protected health information. It also must state the covered entity’s duties to protect privacy and abide by the terms of the current notice. Further, the notice must describe individuals’ rights, including the right to complain to HHS and to the covered entity if they believe their privacy rights have been violated.

Designation of Privacy Official and Effective Date Requirements

The law requires covered entities to include a point of contact (formally designated privacy officer) for further information and for making complaints to the covered entity, as well as the effective date of the notice.

Distribution Requirements

Covered entities must act in accordance with their notices and comply with distribution and posting requirements of the notice described below.

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45 CFR 164.520 – Distribution of Notice of Privacy Practices

  • A CE must make its NPP available to any person who asks for it

  • A CE must prominently post and make available its NPP on any website it maintains that provides information about its customer services or benefits

  • Provide NNP to individual no later than the date of first service delivery and except in emergency treatment situation

  • Ensure that the latest NPP is available at the CE’s office or facility for individuals to request to take with them, and post it in a clear and prominent location at the facility

  • A CE may email the NPP to an individual if the individual agrees to receive an electronic NPP

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