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DOH’S HIPAA INFORMATION PRIVACY AND SECURITY
In 1996, Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Onecomponent of HIPAA was to streamline the process to exchange information and to make healthinformation more readily accessible to patients.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule went into effect it April 2003 and created a federal standard for protecting the privacy of health information. The Privacy Rule also requires DOH to comply with Florida laws that providegreater protection to patients.
HIPAA and You
The Privacy Rule, generally prohibits the use and disclosure of health information without writtenpermission from the patient. The Privacy Rule also gives patient’s rights to access their medical and billingrecords, request amendments to those records, and obtain an accounting of disclosure of protected healthinformation. The Department’s Notice of Privacy Practices further describes the use and disclosure ofpatient medical information and how patients may obtain access to their information.
What does the Privacy Rule require?
The Privacy Rule prohibits the use or disclosure of protected health information or PHI, unless the patienthas signed an authorization to disclose PHI.
What is PHI?
PHI is defined as any health information created or received by a health care provider that: (1) identifiesand individual; and (2) relates to that individual’s past, present, or future physical or mental health conditionor to payment for health care.
Protected health information includes information in any form or medium, from a paper medical record to aconversation between colleagues consulting on the care of a patient.
What is the Notice of Privacy Practices?
The Notice of Privacy Practices explains to patients the ways DOH is allowed to use a patient’s protectedhealth information and lists the rights patients have with respect to their health information.
What is an Authorization to Disclose?
A written document signed by the patient giving permission for a health care provider to disclose PHI tospecified individuals and/or entities.
A patient’s authorization to disclose is not required for the following purposes:
• For the treatment of a patient• For payment of or billing for services• For health care operations (for example, quality assurance, credentialing, audits, compliancemonitoring)
Protected health information may also be provided to patient caregivers (for example family members) butonly if the patient expressly agrees or impliedly consents.
Certain disclosure may also be made by a health care provider without patient authorization to accomplishpublic health activities and other permitted uses as set forth in the Privacy Rule.