An Overview of HIPPA Part Four

Welcome to our final installment of our HIPPA overview. Our estate lawyer in Raleigh is here to help you better understand this law so that you can use it properly.

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To recap, our estate lawyer in Raleigh will remind you what HIPPA is. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed by Congress in 1996 to protect the medical information of patients. It ensures that the patient has a choice in who has access to his or her healthcare records. It was one of the first safeguards put into place to protect personal health information. It also aims to promote more efficiency in the healthcare industry.

 

Are there groups who do not have to follow the privacy act?

The HIPAA Privacy Act does not apply to certain groups who may have your health information, such as life insurers, schools or colleges, state agencies that provide daycare, law enforcement agencies and employers. In these cases, they may have partial general healthcare information that you have provided when working with the agency.

Who can get my information without permission?

The HIPAA Privacy Law sets limits on who can view your information, but there are some cases where an entity does not need your permission. In these cases, it does not interfere with your healthcare.

  • For treatment
  • To make payment to your healthcare providers
  • For public health records such as a flu epidemic in the area
  • To family members who can make decision on healthcare or payment arrangements
  • To help ensure doctors and nursing homes are clean and safe
  • To make required police reports, such as in cases of abuse or criminal activity

What if I think my rights have been violated?

If you have questions about HIPAA laws, or think someone has transferred your medical records without your permission, call the lawyers at Klish and Eldreth in Cary, NC. We can help you determine if your HIPAA rights have been violated. Call us today to make an appointment.

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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

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