Patient’s Guide to HIPAA

Home of the Patient’s Guide to HIPAA: How to Use the Law to Guard your Health Privacy

In this guide, we talk about laws, rules, regulations, act, and statutes. Lawyers can find real and technical differences between these terms, but the differences don’t matter much to patients. For our purposes, the terms are generally interchangeable references to legally binding policies or obligations.

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA Part I: Learning About HIPAA (FAQ 4 – 12)

FAQ 4: What is HIPAA and Why Should You Care?
FAQ 5: Who is a Patient?
FAQ 6: Do Children Have Privacy Rights?
FAQ 7: Do Privacy Rights Survive Death?
FAQ 8: What’s a Health Record?
FAQ 9: Which Health Care Entities Must Comply With HIPAA?
FAQ 10: What are Fair Information Practices and How Do They Relate to HIPAA?
FAQ 11: Does HIPAA Protect Privacy?
FAQ 12: How to Solve Problems Presented by HIPAA

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA Part II – Basic Patient Rights: (FAQ 13 – 53)

A. Right to a Notice of Privacy Practices (FAQ 13 – 17)
B. Right to Inspect and Copy Your Record (FAQ 18 – 24)
C. Right to Request Confidential Communications (FAQ 25 – 28)
D. Right to Request Amendment (FAQ 29 – 36)
E. Right to Receive an Accounting of Disclosures (FAQ 37 – 45)
F. Right to Complain to the Secretary of HHS (FAQ 46 – 50)
G. Right to Request Restrictions on Uses and Disclosures (FAQ 51 – 53)