Index to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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is the World Privacy Forum?
Else Can I Find Help?
Federal Laws Are Relevant to Health Privacy?
is HIPAA and Why Should You Care?
is a Patient?
Children Have Privacy Rights?
Privacy Rights Survive Death?
a Health Record?
Health Care Entities Must Comply With HIPAA?
are Fair Information Practices and How Do They Relate to HIPAA?
HIPAA Protect Privacy?
to Solve Problems Presented by HIPAA
Questions About the Right to a Notice of Privacy Practices:
is a HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices?
Are the Notices Long and Boring?
I Read the Notice?
Is It that My Doctor’s Office Ask Me to Sign?
Are the Most Important Parts of the Notice?
Questions About the Right to Inspect and Copy Your Record:
Both Inspect and Copy?
I Want to See or Copy My Record?
Records Can I Get?
Much Will It Cost?
Do I Make a Request for Access?
Records Should I Ask For?
Covered Entities Withhold some Medical Records?
Questions About the Right to Request Confidential Communications:
is the Right to Receive a Confidential Communication?
Do I Exercise the Right to Receive a Confidential Communication?
the Right to Receive a Confidential Communication Apply to Health Plans?
There Any Other Requirements?
Questions About the Right to Request Amendment:
Do I Make a Request for Amendment?
I Ask that Wrong Information be Removed From My File?
Other Limits Are There on the Right to Seek Amendment?
I Have Greater Amendment Rights under State Laws, other Federal Laws,
or Hospital Policies?
Happens When a Covered Entity Agrees to Make an Amendment?
I Appeal if a Covered Entity Refuses to Make an Amendment?
There Other Remedies if My Request for Amendment Is Denied?
a Covered Entity Still Disclose The Information that I Disputed?
Questions About the Right to Receive an Accounting of Disclosures:
an Accounting of Disclosures?
Should I Care about Accounting of Disclosures?
Do I Make a Request for an Accounting of Disclosures?
Has to Provide Me with an Accounting of Disclosures?
Does it Cost to Obtain an Accounting of Disclosures?
are the Limitations of an Accounting of Disclosures?
Bother Asking for an Accounting if It Has so Many Loopholes?
I have Greater Rights under State Laws, Other Federal Laws, or Hospital
the Best Strategy for Making a Request?
Questions About the Right to Complain to the Secretary of HHS:
I File a Federal Complaint about a HIPAA Problem?
Information Belongs in a Complaint?
Filing a Complaint Really Help?
Should I do if I See a Privacy Violation?
I Worry that a Covered Entity will Retaliate if I File a Complaint?
There Another Way to Protest a Privacy Violation?
Questions About the Right to Request Restrictions on Uses and Disclosures:
is the Right to Request Restrictions on Uses and Disclosures?
is the Right to Request Restrictions Almost Meaningless?
the Right to Limit Disclosures to Relatives and Friends Meaningless Too?
HIPAA Really Restrict Use and Disclosure of My Health Records?
My Consent Needed to Disclose Records for Treatment or Payment?
Disclosures for Treatment, Payment and Health Care Operations Okay?
I Have a Say in Any Disclosures? (Facility Directories and Caregivers)
HIPAA Allow Uses and Disclosures Without My Approval?
Are Uses and Disclosures Required by Law?
Are the Allowable Uses and Disclosures?
Should I Do if Asked to Sign an Authorization to Disclose my Record?
I Need a Disclosure Authorization to Care For My Elderly Parent?
Can I Do if I Foolishly Signed an Authorization?
My Health Records be Used for Marketing?