What is HIPAA?

What is HIPAA?
Your doctor is restricted by the privacy rules of HIPAA — the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act — from sharing any information about your care with almost anyone, outside of those involved in your care or for public health reasons such as epidemics or police investigations.

You’ve probably received a HIPAA “Notice of Privacy Rules” form from your doctor. It describes how and when your health information is protected, and signing it simply acknowledges you’ve received it for review.

This is different from the so-called “Mutual Agreement to Maintain Privacy” contracts now offered by some doctors, often furnished by the firm Medical Justice Corp. or its subsidiary, Dental Justice.

These contracts ask you to refrain from making any public comments about the doctor or the quality of your care. Patients are allowed by law to discuss any element of their care with anyone they wish, and they can choose not to sign these contracts.

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