The HIPAA Law and What it Means to You

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) contains provisions protecting your health information, as well as who has access to your records. If you can look at medical information and can’t tell who the person is, then it is considered “protected health information”.

In order to be compliant with this act:

    • Medical providers must seek your permission before releasing individually identifiable health information to other providers, insurance companies and billing personnel, including information that is spoken, printed or transmitted electronically


    • Limits disclosure of medical information to what is absolutely necessary including office visits, tests, procedures, and mental health information


  • Gives you the right to see your records and have copies of them, as well as make corrections you feel need to be made on your chart

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