HIPAA Patient Privacy Policy

At UT Physicians, Your Privacy is our Priority In 1996, Congress passed legislation to ensure the security and privacy of protected health information. The University of Toledo Physicians has always had a strong commitment to protecting individuals’ health information and will continue this commitment by ensuring compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy standards. HIPAA is the first federal rule implemented to protect the privacy of patient health information and establish minimum national privacy standards for healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses. The HIPAA Privacy Rule, effective April 14, 2003, grants healthcare consumers several rights regarding their privacy and protected health information which are to be honored by the covered entity. Patient Rights UTMC has instituted documents, policies, and procedures that address these new rights including:

Receiving UT Physician’s Written Notice of Privacy Practices, which details individual rights and outlines how health information is used for purpose of treatment, payment and operations. Notice of Privacy Practices and Acknowledgement Receive confidential communications of health information. Access, inspect, and copy protected health information Request an amendment and/or correction to protected health information. Receive and accounting of disclosures of protected health information. Request a restriction on Protected Health Information Request a Restriction File a complaint with UT Physicians Privacy Office at (419) 383-4270 and/or the Office of Civil Rights.

Complaint Process If at any time you feel as if your right to privacy has been violated, or you have a concern regarding our privacy practices, you observe the right to file a complaint with UT Physician’s Privacy Office. You may also file a complaint at the Office of Civil Rights. At UT physicians we take patient rights to privacy very seriously and strive for total compliance with HIPAA standards. If a complaint is filed against UT Physicians for violation of privacy or about our practices, UT Physicians will take no action against the plaintiff.

Privacy Office: Personnel

C’Shalla ParkerPrivacy Officer, (419) 383-4270, CShalla.Parker@utoledo.edu

William McCrearySecurity Officer, (419) 530-3955, William.Mccreary@utoledo.edu

HIPAA Resources – For Further Information regarding HIPAA, please visit this HIPAA- Office of Civil Rights.