The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1966 (HIPAA) contains provisions that give you greater access to and control over your health information. Your health information includes not only your medical record, but also your billing and insurance records and any other information that HCPH might collect to provide healthcare services to you or to receive payment for the services HCPH provides to you. In essence, HIPAA provides you with greater control over how your health information is used and disclosed. HIPAA also outlines the responsibilities that healthcare providers and insurance companies have to keep your health information confidential. For example, HIPAA requires that we provide you with this Notice and that we follow its terms and the commitments we make in it.
In addition, unless it is specifically provided for by HIPAA, we may not use or disclose your health information without your written authorization to do so. You may revoke your authorization at any time.
This Notice is not a consent nor is it an authorization form, and we will not use this Notice to release your health information in any manner not authorized by law. You may receive similar notices about your health information from other healthcare providers and insurance companies. Those notices will describe how those other healthcare providers and insurance companies handle your health information.
This Notice tells you about your privacy rights in your health information, HCPH’s duty to protect your health information, and how and when HCPH may use or disclose your health information without your written permission.