Legislation delays HIPAA for one year

Newly signed legislation (H.R. 3323) delays implementation of the standards and code sets regulation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for one year until Oct. 16, 2003. The delay is effective for providers that have filed a compliance plan or can demonstrate compliance by the new deadline.

The Chicago-based American Hospital Association has issued guidance to assist providers in complying with the new law. Go to the organization’s web site at www.aha.org/hipaa/resources/electransactextention.asp.

The law does not affect the April 14, 2003, deadline for complying with the medical privacy requirements.

[Editor’s note: For more information on HIPAA requirements, see "Your facility could be held liable if others misuse your patient records," Same-Day Surgery, March 2001, p. 25. Archives are available on www.same-daysurgery.com. Also, the Federated Ambulatory Surgery Associa-tion will hold a HIPAA conference for surgery centers in mid-July 2002 and is developing other HIPAA resources. For more information, contact: FASA, 700 N. Fairfax St., Suite 306, Alexandria, VA 22314. Telephone: (703) 836-8808. Fax: (703) 549-0976. E-mail: fasa@fasa.org. Web: www.fasa.org.]