The HIPAA Privacy Rule

The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically.  The Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient authorization. The Rule also gives patients rights over their health information, including rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records and to request corrections.

The Privacy Rule is located at 45 CFR Part 160 and Subparts A and E of Part 164. 

Please note: We do not submit any information to State, Federal or Employer organization.

Many Individuals and Professionals do not want anyone knowing what they are improving on

   If you do want us to collaborate with a physician the following form must be filled out prior by yourself and signed.

Who Must Follow These Laws? We call the entities that must follow the HIPAA regulations "covered entities."  include Health Plans, including health insurance companies, HMOs, company health plans, and certain government programs that pay for health care, such as Medicare and Medicaid.
Most Health Care Providers—those that conduct certain business electronically, such as electronically billing your health insurance—including most doctors, clinics, hospitals, psychologists, chiropractors, nursing homes, pharmacies, and dentists.
Health Care Clearinghouses—entities that process nonstandard health information they receive from another entity into a standard (i.e., standard electronic format or data content), or vice versa.

In addition, business associates of covered entities must follow parts of the HIPAA regulations.
Often, contractors, subcontractors, and other outside persons and companies that are not employees of a covered entity will need to have access to your health information when providing services to the covered entity. We call these entities “business associates.” Examples of business associates include: Companies that help your doctors get paid for providing health care, including billing companies and companies that process your health care claims companies that help administer health plans People like outside lawyers, accountants, and IT specialists
Companies that store or destroy medical records

Most of us believe that our medical and other health information is private and should be protected, and we want to know who has this information. The Privacy Rule, a Federal law, gives you rights over your health information and sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your health information. The Privacy Rule applies to all forms of individuals' protected health information, whether electronic, written, or oral. The Security Rule is a Federal law that requires security for health information in electronic form.

      HIPAA Privacy Authorization Form **Authorization for Use or Disclosure of Protected Health Information

1. Authorization I authorize       ________________________________________ (healthcare provider) to use and disclose the protected 

    health information described below to _______________________________ (individual seeking the information).

2. This authorization for release of information covers the period of healthcare from: a. □ ______________ to ______________.

    OR  □ all past, present, and future periods.

3. This medical information may be used by the person I authorize to receive this information for consultation.

4. This authorization shall be in force and effect until ___________________ (date or event), at which time this authorization expires.

6. Signed __________________________________________ Date_________________________ Phone_________________________________