What is HIPAA?
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is a United States regulation that gives patients greater access to their own medical records and more control over how their personally identifiable health information is used. The regulation also addresses the obligations of healthcare providers and health plans to protect health information. In general, covered entities such as health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, and healthcare providers which conduct certain financial and administrative transactions electronically are obligated to comply.
There are two HIPAA Notices:
THESE NOTICES DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW THEM CAREFULLY.
Your counselor has been and will always be totally committed to maintaining clients’
confidentiality. He will only release information about your counseling records in accordance with federal and state laws and ethics of the counseling profession.
This notice describes your counselor’s policies related to the use and disclosure of your counseling records.
Uses and disclosure of your counseling records for the purposes of providing services—providing treatment services, collecting payment, and conducting counseling operations are necessary activities for quality care. State and federal laws allow your counselor to use and disclose information from your counseling records for these purposes.
Treatment—your counselor may need to use or disclose information from your counseling records to provide, manage, or coordinate your treatment or related services, which could include consultations with medical or mental health professionals and potential referral sources.
Payment—your counselor may need to disclose information from your counseling records that is needed to verify insurance coverage and/or benefits with your insurance carrier, to process your claims as well as information needed for billing and collection purposes.
Counseling Operations—your counselor may need to use information about you to review his treatment procedures and business activity. This may involve supplying a government agency with statistical data. In such cases your name and personal information will not be divulged.
Other uses or disclosure of your information that does not require your authorization or consent—these disclosures are described under the section: “Limits of Confidentiality,” in the Statement of Understanding, which was given to you.