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April 6, 2005

Readability of Notice of Privacy Forms Used by Major Health Care Institutions

JAMA. 2005;293(13):1588-1594. doi:10.1001/jama.293.13.1593

To the Editor: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that health care institutions inform patients in detail about the use of information obtained during medical care via a notice of privacy form that “must be written in plain language.”1 We evaluated the length and readability of notice of privacy practices forms used by top-ranked US health care institutions.

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