The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 resulted in significant changes for patients, physicians and insurers.

Physicians Foundation: ACA Critical Issues – Part I and ACA Critical Issues – Part II

AMA: ACA Implementation Facts

Kaiser Family Foundation: Consumer Resources for Health Reform


The HIPAA Omnibus Rule went into effect in September 2013. Practices are now required to have:

  • Updated HIPAA policies and procedures
  • Implemented the changes made to privacy, security and breach notification requirements

The American Medical Association offers physicians a variety of free resources, including a HIPAA Toolkit, FAQs, and samples of Business Associate Agreements (BAA) and Notice of Privacy Practices.
has information for physicians about privacy and security on mobile devices, as well as a 10-step plan for Health Information Privacy and Security and other resources.


CMS Provider Resources

Road to 10 – Developed with the help of small practice physicians, Road to 10 helps small practices transition to ICD-10. It offers specific specialty sections  for Family Practice, Pediatrics, OB-GYN, Cardiology, Orthopedics, and Internal Medicine.

ICD-10 FAQs (pdf)

AMA ICD-10 Resources

Physicians Foundation –


EMR vs. EHR – What’s the Difference? (from CSMS Affinity Partner athenahealth)

Getting Started with EHR

Meaningful Use: Requirements and Reporting

Access Health CT – health insurance exchange

The main AHCT website is designed for consumers. For physicians considering purchasing insurance for practice employees, the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) page has information about plans, pricing and tax credits.

Some participating health insurers provide physician-specific information about the Exchange plans on their websites:

The Connecticut Insurance Department (CID) has information about the Exchange, FAQs on insurance rate filings and reviews, and other resources.

Patient Resources

CSMS has collected a number of resources to help your patients understand health reform.


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