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

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA – Basic Rights: Are There Other Remedies if My Request for Amendment Is Denied?

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Yes. You have the right to file a written statement of disagreement, and that is an important right. When a covered entity denies your request for amendment, it must tell you about this right.

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA – Basic Rights: Can a Covered Entity Still Disclose The Information that I Disputed?

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Yes, but HIPAA offers additional rights. First, if you submitted a statement of disagreement, the covered entity must disclose it when it discloses the disputed information.

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA – Basic Rights: What’s an Accounting of Disclosures?

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For a disclosure of medical information about an individual, an accounting is a record of:
• The date of the disclosure
• The name of the person or entity who received the information
• A brief description of the information disclosed
• A brief statement of the purpose of the disclosure (or, as an alternative, a copy of the request for a disclosure).

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA – Basic Rights: Why Should I Care about Accounting of Disclosures?

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Many patients won’t care, and that is okay. However, the accounting of disclosures can be crucial in some instances. You may want to ask for an accounting if you think that your records were improperly disclosed, if you think that you may be a victim of medical identity theft, or even if you are just curious about the circulation of your medical records. Be warned, however, that if you ask for an accounting, the response is likely to undermine whatever faith you had that your medical information is confidential. Records may be disclosed to other institutions that have nothing to do with your treatment or the payment for your treatment.

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA – Basic Rights: How Do I Make a Request for an Accounting of Disclosures?

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Start by obtaining a copy of the notice of privacy practices that your provider or insurer publishes. You may already have a copy. If not, each HIPAA covered entity must provide a copy of its notice to anyone who asks for one. In addition, a copy should be available on the website of each covered entity (if the covered entity has a website).