Patient’s Guide to HIPAA Part II: The Seven Basic Patient Rights

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA – Basic Rights: Should I Read the Notice?

Roadmap: Patient’s Guide to HIPAA: Part 2: Basic Patient Rights: Right to a Notice of Privacy Practices (FAQ 15 of 65)

Only if you want to. Every expert says that people should know their rights and understand privacy. We agree, but we recognize that people often don’t have the time or interest. Don’t feel guilty if you just don’t have the interest today to read the notice from your doctor, hospital, laboratory, pharmacy, etc. What is important is that the notice exists and that the record keeper who produced the notice has a privacy policy and – we hope – actually implements the policy appropriately.

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA – Basic Rights: What Are the Forms that My Doctor’s Office Asks Me to Sign?

Roadmap: Patient’s Guide to HIPAA: Part 2: Basic Patient Rights: Right to a Notice of Privacy Practices (FAQ 16 of 65)

The rule generally requires a health care provider to make a good faith effort to obtain an acknowledgement that each patient received the notice. Some people think that it is a dumb requirement and a paperwork burden, but that’s what the rule says. Signing a standard acknowledgement does not waive your rights.

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA – Basic Rights: What Are the Most Important Parts of the Notice?

Roadmap: Patient’s Guide to HIPAA: Part 2: Basic Patient Rights: Right to a Notice of Privacy Practices (FAQ 17 of 65)

Almost any health privacy notice will tell you something that you probably didn’t know. For example, a notice is supposed to include examples of the uses and disclosures that a covered entity can make. These examples will likely be both enlightening and disturbing. The basic list of uses and disclosures is long to begin with, and that may be upsetting if you’ve never read about them before.

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA – Basic Rights: Why Both Inspect and Copy?

Roadmap: Patient’s Guide to HIPAA: Part 2: Basic Patient Rights: Right to Inspect and Copy Your Record (FAQ 18 of 65)

HIPAA provides each patient with the right to inspect his or her record and to have a copy of the record. These are two different things. You cannot be charged a fee if you want to inspect your records. This means that you can always see your record, even if you don’t want to pay.