HIPAA Deadline for Small Plans Approaches

April 11, 2006 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The compliance deadline for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is April 21 for entities that fall under the act's definition of small plans.

The rule addresses circumstances for health plans’ release of patient information to different parties.   The department of Health and Human Services (HSS) issued the final rule in February (See  HHS Releases Final HIPAA Enforcement Regs).

The department issued additional clarifications in March (See  HHS Clarifies Medical Info Release ).

HIPAA info on the US Department of Health and Human Services Web site is  here .