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HIPAA Privacy Practices

Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information

Alternate Translation

This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review this notice carefully.

Understanding Your Medical Record Information

Each time you visit a hospital, doctor, or other health care provider, a record of your visit is made. Typically, this record will contain information about your symptoms, results of your physical examination and diagnostic tests, an assessment of your current medical condition and a plan for future care or treatment. This information, often referred to as your health or medical record, is considered "protected health information" (PHI) and serves as a basis for planning and documenting your care and treatment and provides a means of communication among the many health care professionals who contribute to your care.

The medical record is also a legal document that describes the care you received and is the means by which you, or your insurance carrier, can verify that the services billed were actually provided. The medical record can also serve as a tool in educating health professionals and can provide a valuable source of data for medical research and quality improvement initiatives. The medical record may also be utilized by public health officials charged with improving the overall health of the community. Additionally, the medical record may be used as a source of data for facility planning and marketing.

Understanding what is in your record and how your health information is used helps you to ensure its accuracy, better understand who, what, when, where, and why others may access your health information and make more informed decisions when authorizing disclosure of that information to others. 

  1. Examples Of Uses And Disclosures Of PHI For Treatment, Payment, And Health Care Operations (TPO)
  2. Authorizations
  3. Your Health Information Rights
  4. Our Responsibilities
  5. For More Information, to Report a Problem or to File a Complaint
  6. Patient Rights & Responsibilities
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