Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Most of us believe that our medical and other health information is private and should be protected, and we want to know who has this information. Thanks to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act we do. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about HIPAA in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that was passed by Congress in 1996.

One intent of HIPAA legislation is to protect the privacy of your health 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 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.