The omnibus regulations published under the HIPAA and HITECH statutes have focused new attention on the frequently swept to the side Notice of Privacy Practices (NPPs) which all Covered Entities under HIPAA must issue.  Since the Office of Civil Rights which enforces HIPAA has made it clear that small physician practices will not be overlooked in its enforcement, by settling a breach case with a two physician cardiology practice for $100,000, all aspects of HIPAA compliance should be a regular part of the physician practice compliance program.  Because NPPs under the new regulations must contain new information for patients, Dan Shay illuminates the new requirements in "Navigating Physician Notices of Privacy Practices".