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-The Notice of Privacy Practices.

When you visit the doctor, these days,

you're often asked to sign a special form that says

you've seen the office's Notice of Privacy Practices,

but in the rush of checking in,

many people don't read the entire notice.

Here's why it's worth taking a closer look:

as you might guess, from its name,

the Notice of Privacy Practices explains how

your health information is kept, well, private.

it describes how your health care provider or health plan

will use, share, and protect

the privacy of your health information

and what your privacy rights are.

For example, did you know that you have the right

to get a copy of your health records?

You also have the right

to add a correction to your health information.

The notice should explain how to contact

your provider or health plan if you have any questions

and how you can file a complaint if you think your rights

have been violated.

In most cases, you will get a copy of the notice

on your first visit to a provider

or receive it in the mail from your health plan,

but you can ask for a copy of this notice,

at any time.

If the information isn't clear,

ask your health care provider or health plan to explain it.

Know your rights.

To find out more,

visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Office for Civil Rights at

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