These forms and templates have been provided health care practitioner use. If you choose to use a form and will have patients send it electronically by email, only use secure, encrypted email or post to secure websites that meet recommended security protocols. Otherwise, you will put your patient’s privacy at risk and you will accept unnecessary liability.
Please remember that the use of these standardized forms and templates comes with a responsibility for ensuring that the documents accurately reflect your practice and your compliance responsibilities. Compliance requirements differ based upon practice type, size, needs, and activities. If you don’t know whether you comply or how to comply, please consult a qualified attorney – don’t guess.
Health care practitioners who merely copy or use forms without integrating them into their practice and harmonizing them with their HIPAA Policies and Procedures face significant financial risks. If you doubt those risks, at least one hospital paid a huge fine for copying another hospital’s work without sufficient thought. The policies and procedures didn’t fit actual practices.
If you need help creating or updating your HIPAA Policies and Procedures and have questions about HIPAA compliance be sure to review the other HIPAA sections of the website and get in touch with us for additional help.