Posting 'Notice of Privacy Practices' easier with new format

A new format for the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices is now available for download on the CDA Practice Support website.

The new "layered" notice allows a dental practice to post only one page, instead of all pages, of the notice on the wall of the practice's reception area while making the entire notice available elsewhere in the reception area. The first page is a summary of the complete notice. The content of the complete notice has not changed.

The entire notice must be offered to each new patient and must be included on the practice website. The new format is based on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services model notice that aims to provide the required information in a user-friendly format.

Every HIPAA-covered entity is required to provide patients with its notice of privacy practices.

Download "Sample Notice of Privacy Practices - Layered" on the CDA Practice Support page. The resource includes instructions for dental practices on completing and posting the notice.

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