HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. HIPPA is a federal law that was created in l996 to protect the ability of people with pre-existing medical conditions to get health insurance and to protect the confidentiality of medical records and other personal health information.
All healthcare providers, including Home Therapy, must comply with the HIPAA requirements.
HIPAA stipulates how healthcare providers or "covered entities" as they are referred may use or disclose a patient's protected health information (PHI). Any information whether oral or written, graphic or electronic is considered health information and it can be related to past, present or future physical or mental health conditions. Identifying information such as name, address, social security number and phone number are considered protected information.
A healthcare provider can share a patient's information if the purpose of the sharing is for the treatment or care of the patient, for obtaining payment or for operations such as for quality assurance, medical audits and business planning.
Each healthcare provider involved in the direct treatment or care of a patient, MUST provide the patient with a Notice of Privacy Practices. Home Therapy provides this Notice during the admission visit and a copy remains in the patient's home notebook. Each patient is asked to sign an acknowledgment that he/she has received the Notice. The Home Therapy Notice can be found as an icon in the Patient section of this website. A copy is also posted in our office at 9050 North Capital of Texas Highway, Building 3, Suite 180, Austin, Texas 78759.
The patient has certain rights under HIPAA including the right to request confidential communications regarding protected information and the right to request additional restrictions of the uses and disclosures of the protected information. The patient must also be informed when his/her rights under HIPAA have been violated.
Each Home Therapy patient will be asked to sign an Authorization for Disclosure form listing those persons he or she gives permission to have access to his or her medical information. As a family member, you may want to be sure your loved one includes you on the Authorization form.
For more information or to discuss concerns regarding HIPAA, please call us at 512-637-1550 or 800-865-6487. You can ask to speak to the Privacy Officer or to the Chief Executive Officer.