A High Standard For Patient Privacy In Texas

Law360, New York (July 23, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT) -- Texas patient privacy protections will soon become more substantial. During the 82nd legislative session in 2011, the Texas Legislature adopted House Bill 300 (HB 300), which amends the Texas Medical Records Privacy Act (Texas Act) and takes effect on Sept. 1, 2012.[1]

Since HB 300's effective date is nearing, Texas covered entities, including out-of-state companies that use and/or disclose protected health information (PHI) in Texas, must be aware of — and take steps now to ensure compliance with — the new statutory requirements.

In particular, HB...
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