Patient’s Guide to HIPAA – Basic Rights: Do I have Greater Rights under State Laws, Other Federal Laws, or Hospital Policies?
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FAQ 44 : Do I have Greater Rights under State Laws, Other Federal Laws, or Hospital Policies?
Maybe. A few states may have health privacy laws that require health care institutions to maintain better accounting records or to disclose more accounting records to you. If your records are held by the federal government (e.g., Medicare or VA), your rights to have a copy of an accounting under the Privacy Act of 1974 will be greater than under HIPAA. These two sets of privacy rules overlap to your benefit.
See FAQ 2 to find other online resources that may help you understand state laws.
Roadmap: Patient’s Guide to HIPAA: Part 2: Basic Patient Rights: Right to Receive an Accounting of Disclosures (FAQ 44 of 65)