Contact: Andrew J. Rush
Director, Media Services & Public Affairs

September 19, 2007


A one-of-a-kind easy to understand manual is now available to help health care providers and their legal counsel navigate the often murky waters of the HIPAA Privacy Act. This new hands-on tool has just been jointly released by the New York State Bar Association' Health Law Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education.

Enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1996, The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs, requires the establishment of national standards for electronic health care transactions, and addresses the security and privacy of health data.

Co-authored by Association members Lisa McDougall of Buffalo , a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP, and Christopher R. Viney of Buffalo, deputy general counsel at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the HIPAA Privacy Manual provides day-to-day guidance to a physician's office in responding to routine inquiries about protected health information. Containing 36 policies and procedures and corresponding forms, the Manual provides the framework to enable heath care providers' counsel to address issues including uses and disclosures of medical information without patient authorization, operational guidelines, and patient rights.

"The rules governing HIPAA compliance can be difficult to navigate for legal experts and even more so for physicians who have little or no legal training," said Peter J. Millock, the Chair of the Association's Health Law Section and a partner in the firm of Nixon Peabody. "The HIPAA Manual is a necessity for anyone who finds himself at the cross section of law and medicine and is unsure about how to store, disseminate, or protect individual medical information and records."

The cost of the Manual is $75 for New York State Bar Association members and $95 for Non-Members (prices do not include applicable sales tax.) Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of the Manual can do so by visiting or by calling 1.800.582.2452.