-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 hhs.gov/ocr.