The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a federal law that regulates most employer group health plans, health insurance companies, and health care providers. Plano ISD as a non-federal governmental plan is exempt from this law. However, our Plan is voluntarily compliant with certain aspects of HIPAA.
In April 2001, the first-ever federal privacy standards to protect patients' medical records and other health information were finalized. These privacy regulations are part of HIPAA, and provide patients with access to their medical records and more control over how their personal health information is used and disclosed. Covered entities may include doctors, hospitals, other health care providers, and health plans, and most covered entities will become compliant during 2003.
Modifications to the law have clarified many issues, and are meant to ensure your continued access to quality health care. As a patient, you will see the effect of this legislation when you obtain medical care from a health care provider, or require access to your personal medical records maintained by that provider. The legislation still allows health care providers and health plans to use and disclose information as needed in the course of providing treatment, payment, or other health care operations. All of our health plan's business associates are compliant with these regulations.
The Notice of Privacy Practices for Plano ISD Health Plans explains the rights and responsibilities of each covered person and of the Plan, and describes how medical information may be used and disclosed. It is very important that every employee review this notice.
If you have any questions or would like a paper copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices, please contact our Privacy Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More detailed information regarding the HIPAA Privacy regulations is available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This is merely a summary of HIPAA provisions and is not intended to be all-inclusive.