Book Review

A Physician's Guide to Understanding the Administration Simplication Provision - 2003

Ingenix/St. Anthony Publishing/Medicode

An excellent, inexpensive, and concise reference for someone who wants to learn more about HIPAA This 227-page desk reference is a great reference for the price. Although it is written for physicians, it is a straightforward, practical, and easy-touse reference that provides a fundamental understanding of the HIPAA provisions. It is indexed in a user-friendly format. Each chapter includes an explanation of the topic and is followed by a section of frequently asked questions. Chapters include transactions and code sets, privacy, security and electronic signatures, claims attachments, enforcement, HIPAA history, and the basics. A comprehensive glossary is included. This reference is not designed for pharmacies, so it does not contain specific information that relates to the practice of pharmacy. Also, it does not contain sample forms, notices, or worksheets for use in your practice. For the price, however, it is an excellent, inexpensive, and concise reference for anyone other than the privacy officer in charge of implementing HIPAA in a practice. Note: This article is not intended to be legal advice. The information provided is intended for general education and information. The HIPAA privacy rules are voluminous, confusing, and subject to change, and can be affected or superceded by state law.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  May/Jun 2003