Patients have six fundamental rights:
1. The right to receive a notice about privacy policies.
The notice is the terms of service that indicate specifically how they use personal information.will be used. This must include information about the HIPAA, information kept on record, and the right to register a complaint of a patient feels their rights have been violated. Practices must also keep the patient aware when their information will be transferred to another entity as part of their treatment.
2. The right to access the medical information
A patient may request a summary of their records to be delivered within a designated time period. If need be a practice may charge the patient a reasonable price for all reproduction.
There are some exceptions under which a practice may deny patients access to records. However, this decision must be reviewed by another licensed professional designated in privacy policies and procedures.
3. The right to limit the uses and disclosure of medical information.
The patient has a right to deny who is allowed to have access to medical records, including a diagnosis, to outside entities or family members. This can cause conflict if a practice is required to report the patient’s data to their health plan. Should a practice agree not to disclose the data, it should be documented as such. If not, the patient can either cancel the request or look elsewhere for treatment.
4. The right to request amendments to the medical record.
A patient is allowed to request amendments, in a pre-specified manner (e.g in writing). This request can be refused, but the patient does have the right to appeal. If a practice agrees to amend the patient’s record, they must notify the individual and others provided the information that it has been amended.
5. The right to revoke or limit authorization.
If your practice uses or discloses personal health information for any reason other than for treatment, payment, or healthcare operations, authorization but be obtained from the patient. This is a form that states what information will be disclosed and how it will be done. Parental access to minors’ medical records will continue to be controlled by state law.
6. The right to an accounting of disclosures of personal health information.
According to the privacy rule, patients can ask to see what disclosures have been made only during the past six years.