Welcome back to our series of overview for HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Previously, we learned how this protects your medical information from being transferred without your permission and who must follow these guidelines.
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Entities such as health care providers, healthcare plans and health clearinghouses must adhere to the rules set forth under the act. Most of these organizations had to undergo multiple processes to become HIPAA compliant when the privacy rule went into effect in April 2003.
You may notice that when you go to a new doctor or update your files with your current provider, they now give you information about the act and explain how your information will be protected. You may have also had to sign a form stating your information could be released to another party if you have switched doctors or needed to visit a specialist.
These protections ensure that your information is not disclosed without your permission, and when ID information is transferred, it is only the minimal amount needed for the requesting party’s purpose.
What must these groups do to protect my information?
Companies who are compliant with HIPAA guidelines must ask your permission to request or release your medical records to another entity. They must ask to make corrections to your information. You should also receive a notice outlining how your information will be used if you give them permission. You should also receive a report showing when and how your information was used.
The HIPAA laws also affect how medical information is used by your employer. While most companies do not have access to someone’s medical information, insurance claims or medical reimbursements could have private health information listed that needed to be protected. In these cases, the people who take care of employee insurance or reimbursements should be aware of the law and follow procedure.
To learn more, be sure to visit back with our final installment of this series.
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If you missed them, visit with other blogs in this series, below:
- An Overview of HIPAA, Part One
- An Overview of HIPAA, Part Two
- An Overview of HIPAA, Part Three
- An Overview of HIPAA, Part Four