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Posted 5/4/2011 Printable Fact Sheet

How will Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act affect you?
For many people, HIPAA has no obvious affect, at least in the sense of what you have to do.

Among the things that you may notice if your doctor must comply with HIPAA is that you should be given a copy of your doctor's notice of privacy practices and you will be asked to sign a form saying that you received it. This notice of privacy policy will include information about how your doctor will protect your PHI, how your PHI might be disclosed without your consent when legally permitted, and how other disclosures of your PHI can be made only with your consent. Signing this form is your acknowledgement that your received the privacy policy. It doesn't mean that you agree with it or that you agree to give up any of your rights, so you should likely sign it.

The Privacy Rule of HIPAA also gives you new Patient Rights. Among these rights are the right to request to amend your medical records or have a letter of disagreement placed into your record, the right to place restrictions on who can be given your PHI, and the right to inspect and copy your medical records (you might have to pay for copies though).

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