by APApractice.org Staff
Do you use password protection to control access to patient data on computers in your practice? Before you donate or dispose of a computer, have you used appropriate software to remove all confidential records from the machine?
These are just a couple of the questions that practitioners nationwide are facing as they consider whether they are in full compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule. The deadline for Security Rule compliance was April 20, 2005 and psychologists should evaluate whether they are in compliance as quickly as possible.