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Is a physician required to give her notice to every patient or can she just post the notice in her waiting room and give a copy to those patients who ask for it?


The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires a covered health care provider with direct treatment relationships with individuals to give the notice to every individual no later than the date of first service delivery to the individual and to make a good faith effort to obtain the individual’s written acknowledgment of receipt of the notice. If the provider maintains an office or other physical site where she provides health care directly to individuals, the provider must also post the notice in the facility in a clear and prominent location where individuals are likely to see it, as well as make the notice available to those who ask for a copy. See 45 CFR 164.520(c) for other notice provision requirements.

Date Created: 12/20/2002
Last Updated: 03/14/2006