Below is the full list of frequently asked questions regarding your privacy.
Why is health care privacy important?
If you don’t believe your health information is protected, you may be less likely to visit or talk to your doctors and other health care experts about health issues because you are afraid of who else may learn about your conditions.Â This may place you at greater risk: Your doctor needs to know as much as possible about your health to give you the best possible care.
Is my personal health information private?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (â€œHIPAAâ€) includes a privacy rule that require people who manage your health care keep your information private (other federal and state laws include privacy protections as well). Health care companies must follow the HIPAA privacy rule. So must health care providers. Examples of health care companies and health care providers include:
- Nursing homes
What sort of health information is considered private?
Here are some examples of protected information:
- Anything your doctors, nurses, and others put in your medical record
- Conversations your doctor has about your care or treatment with nurses and others
- Information about you in an insurer’s computer system
- Billing information about you at a doctorâ€™s office, clinic or hospital
What are my rights with regard to my privacy?
You have the right to:
- Know who has your personal health information
- Request limits on who can see this information
- Get a copy of this information
- Be provided with privacy notices that explain our use and disclosure of your information
- Have this information safeguarded
- Request corrections to your information
- Decide if you want to give your permission before your information can be used or shared for certain purposes, such as for marketing
- Get a report on when and why your information was shared for certain purposes
- File a complaint if you feel your right to privacy has been violated
What are Unifiedâ€™s responsibilities with regard to my privacy?
We have the responsibility to:
- Put safeguards in place to protect your information
- Limit the use and disclosure of your information to the minimum needed to accomplish our goals
- Enter into agreements with our contractors and others to make sure they use and disclose your information properly and safeguard it appropriately
- Have procedures in place to limit who can see your information
- Hold training programs for employees to learn how to protect your information