Notice of Privacy Practices
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*).
Click here to download the InterMed Notice of Privacy Practice Acknowledgement Form.
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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.
InterMed participates in the MaineHealth Clinical Data Repository, a secure central location that houses electronic patient information. Learn more.