HIPAA

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In August 1996, Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as HIPAA. HIPAA consists of 9 components. They are Electronic Transaction & Code Sets, Privacy, Security, National Provider Identifier, National Employer Identifier, National Health Plan Identifier, Enforcement, Doctors First Notice of Injury, and Claims Attachment. In December 2000, the final privacy regulations were published. These regulations require us to tell you about your rights to your protected health information (PHI) and to educate our staff about confidentiality and security of PHI.

First, just what is PHI? PHI is any information recorded in any medium, including oral, written and/or electronic, which relates to the past, present, and future treatment of an individual. Protected health information is any information that is sufficient enough to identify the individual.

Health information about you may be used and disclosed by Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill S. Jackson Street to carry out treatment, payment, or health care operations. Health care operations are activities undertaken for the purpose of carrying out the management functions of the hospital or necessary for support of treatment or payment. For a detailed report about these uses and disclosures and your individual rights, please refer to the Notice of Privacy Practices. We encourage you to take some time and review this notice by clicking here.

Medical Records Release

If you would like to have your medical records released to another provider please download the Authorization Release Form.