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HIPAA and Hysterectomy

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HIPAA and hysterectomyWhat is HIPAA? How does it affect me?


HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. This act protects several of your rights as a patient.

Your rights are listed on the "Notice of Privacy Practices" that is usually in the pile of paperwork you get when you check in at a medical facility. It is important to be aware of these rights. The more you know, the more power you have over your own privacy. Do not be afraid to file a complaint with your provider, health insurer, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services if you feel any of your rights have been violated.

Here are some of the rights protected by HIPAA:
  • The right to a copy of your medical records (in most cases within 30 days)

  • The right to request a correction of any wrong, missing, or incomplete information in your record (in most cases within 60 days)

  • The right to submit a written statement of disagreement (that will stay with your record) if you disagree with anything in your medical record

  • The right to know how your health information is used and shared

  • The right to get a report of who has seen your record

  • The right to limit who your information is shared with

  • The right to choose how you want to be contacted



This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.


07-23-2013 - 01:56 PM


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