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Texas House Bill 300 Significantly Expands State’s Patient Privacy Protections for Covered Entities

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 September 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 300 significantly expands patient privacy protections for Texas covered entities beyond those federal requirements as outlined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (or “HITECH”) Act[2] by:

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