AWPHD in cooperation with Physicians Insurance, Washington Casualty Company,
the Washington State Hospital Association, and the Washington State Medical
Association have produced Washington State specific forms in German, Russian,
Spanish, Vietnamese and Tagalog to assist providers in their efforts to
comply with the health care information privacy standards established
by the Privacy Rules promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability
& Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. The English version of these
forms are available electronically at www.phyins.com
and at www.wacasualty.com.
Please note that these forms and materials are suitable specifically
for Washington State. Please remember that the HIPAA Privacy Rule does
not necessarily preempt (replace) state law; if a state law is more "stringent,"
the state law remains in force. Accordingly, if you have already implemented
"national" forms, you are urged to reassess them as they may
not be appropriate for Washington.