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Notice of Privacy Practices

OCR HIPPA PRIVACY 12/3/2002
REVISED 4/3/03

NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES FOR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION

[45 CFR 164.520]

Background

The HIPAA Privacy Rule gives individuals a fundamental new right to be informed of the privacy practices of their health plans and most of their health care providers, as well as to be informed of their privacy rights with respect to their personal health information. Health plans and covered health care providers are required to develop and distribute a notice that provides a clear explanation of these rights and practices. The notice is intended to focus individuals on privacy issues and concerns, and to prompt them to have discussions with their health plans and health care providers and exercise their rights.

How the Rule Works

General Rule. The Privacy Rule provides that an individual has a right to adequate notice of how a covered entity may use and disclose protected health information about the individual, as well as his or her rights and covered entity’s obligations with respect to that information. Most covered entities must develop and provide individuals with this notice if their privacy practices.

The Privacy Rule does not require the following covered entities to develop a notice:

  • Health care clearinghouse, if the only protected health information they create or receive is as a business associate of another covered entity. See 45 CFR 165.500(b)(1).
  • A correctional institution that is a covered entity (e.g., that has a covered health care provider component).
  • A group health plan that provides benefits only through one or more contracts of insurance with health insurance issuers or HMOs, and that does
    not create or receive protected health information other than summary health information or enrollment or disenrollment information. See 45 CFR 164.520(a)

Content of the Notice. Covered entities are required to provide a notice in plain language that describes:

  • How the covered entity may use and disclose protected health information about an individual.
  • The individual’s rights with respect to the information and how the individual may exercise these rights, including how the individual may
    complain to the covered entity.
  • The covered entity’s legal duties with respect to the information, including a statement that the covered entity id required by law to maintain the
    privacy of protected health information.
  • Whom individuals can contact for further information about the covered entity’s privacy policies.

The notice must include an effective date. See 45 CFR 164.520(b) for the specific requirements for developing the content of notice. A covered entity is required to promptly revise and distribute its notice whenever it makes material changes to any of its privacy practices. See 45 CFR 164.520(b)(3), 164.520(c)(1)(i)(C) for health plans, and 164.520(c)(2)(iv) for covered health care providers with direct statement relationships with individuals.

Providing the Notice:

  • A covered entity must make its notice available to any person who asks for it.
  • A covered entity must prominently post and make available its notice on any web site it maintains that provides information about its customer
    services or benefits.
  • Health plans must also:
    • Provide the notice to individuals then covered by the plan no later than April 14, 2003 (April 14, 2004, for small health plans) and to
      new enrollees at the time of enrollment.
    • Provide a revised notice to individuals then covered by the plan within 60 days of a material revision.
    • Notify individuals then covered by the plan of the availability of and how to obtain the notice at least once every three years.
  • Covered Direct Treatment Providers must also:
    • Provide the notice to individuals no later than the date of first service delivery (after the April 14, 2003 compliance date of the Privacy
      Rule) and, except in an emergency treatment situation, make a good faith effort to obtain the individual’s written acknowledgements
      of receipt of the notice. If an acknowledgment cannot be obtained, the provider must document his or her efforts to obtain the
      acknowledgment and the reason why it was not obtained.
    • When first service delivery to an individual is provided over the Internet, through e-mail, or otherwise electronically, the provider
      must send an electronic notice automatically and contemporaneously in response to the individual’s first request for service. The
      provider must make a good faith effort to obtain a return receipt or other transmission from the individual in response to receiving the
      notice.
    • In an emergency treatment situation, provide the notice as soon as it is reasonably practicable to do so after the emergency situation
      has ended. In these situations, providers are not required to make a good faith effort to obtain a written acknowledgment from
      individuals.
    • Make the latest notice (i.e., the one that reflects any changes in privacy policies) available at the provider’s office or facility for
      individuals to request to take with them, and post it in clear and prominent location at the facility.
  • Covered entity may e-mail the notice to an individual if the individual agrees to receive an electronic notice. See 45 CFR 164.520© for the specific requirements for providing the notice.

Organizational Options.

  • Any covered entity, including a hybrid entity or an affiliated covered entity, may choose to develop more than one notice, such as when entity
    performs different types of covered functions (i.e., the functions that make it a health plan, a health care provider, or a health care clearinghouse)
    and there are variations in its privacy among these covered functions. Covered entities are encouraged to provide individuals with the most
    specific notice possible.
  • Covered entities that participate in an organized health care arrangement may choose to produce a single, joint notice if certain requirements are
    met. For example, the joint notice must describe the covered entities and the service delivery sites to which it applies. If any one of the
    participating covered entities provides the joint notice to an individual, the notice distribution requirement with respect to that individual is met
    for all of the covered entities. See 45 CFR 164.520(d).

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