You have privacy rights under a federal law that protects your health information. This law sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your health information. These rights are important for you to know.
Who must follow this law?
Most doctors, nurses, pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and many other healthcare providers and their vendors
Health insurance companies, HMOs and most employer group health plans
Certain government programs that pay for healthcare, such as Medicare and Medicaid
What information is protected?
Information your doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers put in your medical records
Conversations your doctor has with nurses and others regarding your care or treatment
Information about you in your health insurer’s computer system
Billing information about you at your clinic
Most other health information about you held by those who must follow this law
What rights do you have over your health information?
Providers and health insurers must comply with your right to:
Ask to see and get a copy of your health records
Have corrections added to your health information
Receive a notice that tells you how your health information may be used and shared
Decide if you want to give your permission before your health information can be used or shared for certain purposes, such as for marketing
Get a report on when and why your health information was shared for certain purposes
File a complaint
What are the rules and limits on who can see and receive your health information? To make sure that your health information is protected in a way that doesn’t interfere with your healthcare, your information can be used and shared:
For your treatment and care coordination
To pay doctors and hospitals for your healthcare and help run their businesses
With your family, relatives, friends or others you identify who are involved with your healthcare or your healthcare bills, unless you object
To make sure doctors give good care and nursing homes are clean and safe
To protect the public’s health, such as by reporting when the flu is in your area
To make required reports to the police, such as reporting gunshot wounds
Without your written permission, your provider cannot:
Give your health information to your employer
Use or share your health information for marketing or advertising purposes
Share private notes about your mental health counseling sessions
With locations in Perth Amboy and Old Bridge, New Jersey, Raritan Bay Medical Center delivers critical world-class healthcare services care to Monmouth and Middlesex County residents. As providers of first-class healthcare in the areas of stroke, cardiology, cancer, physical rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, pediatric medicine, Raritan Bay Medical Center continues to stay on the forefront of medicine.
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