The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), protects health information created or maintained by health care providers throughout the United States.
Prior to receiving care in the hospital, each patient shall receive and be asked to acknowledge that they have received a Notice of Privacy Practices that explains their rights under HIPAA and the hospital's use of their health information for treatment, payment, and health care operations without further authorization.
Also, as part of the new regulations, each patient has the right, with some restrictions, to:
In protecting your information, health care providers, such as Meridian's hospitals and their employees, are prohibited, with some exceptions from releasing your health information to anyone not involved in your health care or connected hospital operations, including family members, unless you have provided written consent. The Authorization for Release of Information form allows Meridian to release your information to a particular agency or individual that you designate.
If you have a question regarding your privacy, please call the Meridian ComplyLine toll-free at 1-877-888-8030.