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Legislation in Texas plays a substantial part of our lives in the HIM Profession.
Senate Bill 271, also known as the “Texas Missing Angels Bill”, was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry on June 9, 2005. The law allows parents of a stillborn child to secure a certificate signifying that the birth resulted in stillbirth. Effective September 1, 2005, parents of stillborn children in Texas can receive a “Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth”, regardless of the date of stillbirth. At the parents’ request, the certificate would reflect the baby’s name or “Baby Boy” or “Baby Girl” and the parents’ surname. SB 271 by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, also requires any person who prepares a fetal death certificate, such as a funeral home employee, to offer the parents of a stillborn child a certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth. Press release was issued from the office of State Senator Judith Zaffirini and published on June 15, 2005. Contact information given as Gabe Valenzuela, (512) 463-0121.
A person may not print an individual's social security number on a card or other device required to access a product or service provided by the person unless the individual has requested in writing such printing.
New Reporting Rules : The Texas Board of Health has approved the posting in the Texas Register of the new rules supporting SB 285 which amended Chapter 82, Health and Safety Code. The Texas Register posted rules are available for public comment from June 29, 2002 to July 28, 2002.
This law pertains to hospitals and release of information. The fee portion of this law changes on an annual basis in September. For up-to-date fees, look under Maximum Copy Fees.
This is the prior version of the law related to physicians and release of information.
This law relates to mental health records and release of information.
This newly enacted law relates to privacy of protected health information and is very similar to the Federal HIPAA rule.
This section describes what constitutes a valid state subpoena and discusses delivery.
This statues indicates the fee structure for witness fees at the state level.
This rule describes federal subpoenas.
This statue indicates fee structure regarding federal witness fees.
This section delineates a person's responsibility in a billing office for completing an affidavit. This does not apply to medical records custodian.
State medical record retention law.
The CMS Condition of Participation rules related to X-Ray film retention.
AHIMA's Practice Brief regarding record retention.
This statute outlines record retention requirements for private physician offices, includes fees & info on imaging records.
Section 2.401 discusses what it takes to be a common law spouse. The issue comes up with release of information often.
This statute outlines what it takes for a child to be an emancipated minor. This issue comes up with release of information often.
Chapter 22, Subchapter B (Insurance Consumer Health Information Privacy) which relates to the insurance companies and the new requirements for them to meet HIPAA guidelines, should be monitored to ensure they are in line with the current known aspects of HIPAA.