The leadership and employees at UT Health Northeast have a deep commitment to our patient’s confidentiality. We want our patients to feel comfortable in knowing that their medical information is protected. As we reach compliance as directed by the Federal Regulations Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), we will continue to establish internal controls, which will protect our patients’ medical information, including their billing accounts.
According to HIPAA, only individual with a legitimate "need to know" may access, use or disclose patient information. Protected health information may be released to other covered health care providers without patient authorization, if used for treatment, payment, health care operations, or for public good purposes as permitted by state and federal laws. Disclosures of protected health information for uses and disclosures outside of treatment, payment and health care operations require patient authorization.
While receiving care in the hosptial, you may ask for your name to not be included in the hospital directory, which means that people asking for your will be told "I have no information about this patient." If you want to receive deliveries of cards and flowers, then you want your name included in the hospital directory. I fyou include your name in the hospital directory, your name will apear on a list for clergy members of your faith.
For a listing of other HIPAA privacy rights, please refer to the Notice of Privacy Practices that was given to you at the time of registration.