Your privacy matters
In 1996, Congress passed legislation to provide continuity of coverage when individuals switch health plans and to ensure the security and privacy of protected health information. LLUMC has always been committed to protecting individuals' health information and will continue its commitment by ensuring compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy requirements.
This rule--the first federal rule to protect the privacy of health information--establishes basic national privacy standards for health-care providers, health plans, and health-care clearinghouses to follow, in order to protect patients and encourage them to seek needed care. The HIPAA Privacy Rule, effective April 14, 2003, grants health-care consumers several rights regarding their privacy and protected health information. LLUMC has instituted documents, policies, and procedures that address these new rights.
These include the right to:
Receive LLUMC Written Notice of Privacy Practices, which details individual rights and provides examples about how health information is used for treatment, payment, and health care operations. (These documents are available in both English and Spanish.)
- Request a restriction on specific uses and disclosures of protected health information.
- Receive confidential communications of health information.
- Access, inspect and copy protected health information.
- Request amendment and/or correction of protected health information.
- Receive an accounting of disclosures of protected health information.
- File a complaint with LLUMC as well as with the Department of Health and Human Services
Our Privacy Officer is Dr. Linda Mason. Our Office of Corporate Compliance supports the Privacy Officer in overseeing compliance with HIPAA regulations. If you have any questions regarding our privacy policies or other HIPAA matters, please call our Office of Corporate Compliance at 909-651-4200.