Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act 2

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill continues his look at HIPAA regulations and how the privacy rules apply to you.

Dr. Hill:

The intent of HIPAA legislation is to protect the privacy of your heath information. To do this, HIPAA has some very specific rules in place about when, how and what kind of information can be shared.

Patients are asked to sign papers that acknowledge they are aware of these rights. Patients can review these policies if they wish.

HIPAA rules give you new rights concerning how your health information gets used. These new rights ensure that:

Your health care provider and your insurance company have to explain how they will use and disclose health information.

You can ask for copies of all this information and have appropriate changes made to it.

If someone wants to share your health information, you have to give your formal consent.

When your health information gets shared, only the minimum necessary amount of information should be disclosed.

Psychotherapy records have an extra level of protection.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.