Understanding Your HIPAA Rights

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First of all, when someone says “HIPAA” what does that even mean? HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. This is legislation in the US that provides us with data privacy and security for our medical information. HIPAA is in place to make sure people and organizations that handle our healthcare information in a standardized, safe way. Health plans (like Medicare, Medicaid, other private insurance health plans), most health care providers (like doctors, clinics, chiropractors, nursing homes, dentists, pharmacies) and health care clearinghouses must follow the HIPPA regulations in place.

The rights you have over your health information are: requesting to get copies of your medical information, have corrections added to your health info, and whether or not you want to give your permission before your information can be used or shared. Your information can’t be shared without your permission to your employer or for marketing and advertising purposes. You can’t be denied a copy of your health information because you have an outstanding medical bill. A provider or hospital may charge you a “reasonable” fee (which would be labor for copying, paper and postage) for getting your health records to you. Some states have laws in place that actually allow for free copies of your medical record. The provider or health care entity has no longer than 30 calendar days from receiving your request to get your medical records to you. There is a lot more information on HIPPA to learn more visit www.hhs.gove/hipaa or drop KaleidoCare (hello@kaleidocareadvocacy.com) a line.

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