PRIVACY POLICY

What You Need to Know About HIPAA

Beginning April 14, 2003, the Federal Government requires that all healthcare providers implement specific procedures to guarantee the privacy of patient medical records. InterMed, P.A. has incorporated procedures that comply with the federal law related to the way we use and disclose personal health information. The new privacy rules in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) also give patients additional rights to obtain access to their own information. All patients, by law, will be provided with a copy of the InterMed Privacy Practices Summary at the time of their first visit and will be asked to sign a proof of receipt to be placed in the medical record.

Although InterMed has had a policy of patient confidentiality in place for many years, the new privacy rules are more comprehensive. The new law ensures that InterMed and affiliated healthcare providers follow certain regulations when patient information is used and disclosed for the purpose of providing treatment, obtaining payment, and other internal operations. For example, the privacy rules stipulate that InterMed employees may be provided with, or provide, only the minimum necessary amount of patient information in order to do their specific job.

Click Here to download the InterMed Notice of Privacy Practices Summary document (PDF File*).
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In compliance with the Federal HIPAA laws:

  • All patients will be asked to review and acknowledge receipt of a Notice of Privacy Practices. This Notice gives a complete description of how we use, disclose, and protect your medical information, and of your patient rights regarding your medical information.
  • You will have a right to inspect and receive copies of your medical information.
  • You may request to amend your records if you feel the information is incorrect or incomplete.
  • You have a right to an accounting of certain disclosures of your information that we have made, and a right to request restrictions of our use or disclosure of your medical information. For example, you have a right to request that we communicate with you about medical matters at an alternate address.
  • You have a right to authorize other uses and disclosures of your medical information not covered by our Notice or the laws that apply to the Health System.
  • If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with us or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
We are committed to protecting medical information about you and respect your right to privacy. If you would like to read InterMed's Notice of Privacy Practices, you are welcome to download the link provided above.

MaineHealth Clinical Data Repository Information
Click Here to download the MaineHealth Clinical Data Repository Opt-Out Election form (PDF File*). Click Here to download a copy of the MaineHealth CDR information letter.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is MaineHealth?

MaineHealth is an integrated healthcare system working together to deliver care efficiently. MaineHealth is ranked among the nation’s best performing healthcare delivery networks.

MaineHealth’s member organizations include:
  • Maine Medical Center
  • Miles Memorial Hospital
  • St. Andrews Hospital & Healthcare Center
  • Southern Maine Medical Center
  • Stephens Memorial Hospital
  • Waldo County General Hospital
  • Spring Harbor Hospital
  • HomeHealth Visiting Nurses
  • Maine Physician Hospital Organization
  • NorDx
  • Synernet
Affiliates of MaineHealth include:
  • MaineGeneral Medical Center
  • Mid Coast Hospital
  • St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
  • Penobscot Bay Medical Center

To learn more about MaineHealth go to www.mainehealth.com.

What is MaineHealth Clinical Data Repository?

The CDR (Clinical Data Repository) is a secure central location that houses electronic patient information. Your healthcare provider will use the CDR to electronically share your clinical information with other healthcare professionals who are directly involved in your healthcare, and who will view this information in order to support your treatment. The CDR allows them access to your information in order to support your treatment. The CDR allows them access to your information more efficiently, improving the care you receive. Sharing of your information will NOT include email addresses.

How will a Clinical Data Repository enhance my medical care?
  • Enhance communication between providers
  • Support healthcare decisions and responsibility
  • Avoid duplicate testing
  • Reduce adverse drug interactions and allergic reactions
  • Verify accuracy of information in provider records
  • It can save your life – it provides a clinician with an up-to-the-minute picture of a patient’s condition on which to base critical treatment decisions
What type of health information will be shared?
  • Health history
  • Allergy and medication lists
  • Vital signs
  • Surgical and family history