HIPAA & new buildings

November 1, 2006

We are planning to build a new office. Taking HIPAA into account, as a "new build," are there stricter requirements for physical accommodations related to patient privacy?

Question: We are planning to build a new office. Taking HIPAA into account, as a "new build," are there stricter requirements for physical accommodations related to patient privacy?

Answer: No, there are no updates or differences for new buildings; the law is the law for all practices. You are only required to do your best to protect patient privacy. Certainly, with a new building you can get more creative about that than with an existing property. Check out some great HIPAA summaries and FAQs at www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa.