Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
This office complies with recent federal law which helps to insure your privacy and the privacy of your medical records.
The following are some of the basic points.
- The patient has the right to recieve a Notice of Privacy Practices.
- The patient has the right to access or inspect their health record, and to obtain a copy from their healthcare provider (a reasonable fee may be charged for copying). There are very few exceptions.
- The patient has the right to request an amendment (clarification or challenge) to their medical record. The request must be made in writing and the healthcare organization must respond to the request and notify the patient of the outcome.
- The patient has the right to request a list of when and where their confidential information was released. (exception: treatment, healthcare payment operations).
- The patient has the right to request reasonable restrictions in the use and disclosure of their confidential information.
- The patient has the right to file a complaint if he or she believes privacy rights were violated. You may file a complaint with this office an/or with the Secretary of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with this office, please contact us at 248 288 1660. All complaints must be submitted in writing.
This is not a complete list of your rights as a patient and should be considered general information only. To summarize, our office values your privacy, the privacy of your medical information, and your right to see it. In order to comply with the federal law, which went into effect in 2004, our office staff was trained, the office itself re-designed, and the paperwork altered. You will be asked to review and sign a document which basically states you have been given an opportunity to review the HIPPA regulations. A more complete version is posted in the waiting room for you to review if you choose.