As a patient of Springfield Clinic, your rights under HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) include:

The right to receive a copy of Springfield Clinic’s Notice of Privacy Practices: The patient has a right to a paper notice of our Notice of Privacy Practices. HIPAA requires that patients receive the Notice of Privacy Practices before their first clinic service. The patient may ask for a copy of the notice at any time.

The right to review their medical records and receive copies of their health information: The patient has the right to inspect and receive a copy of their health information that is used to make decisions about their care or payment for their care.

The right to request an amendment to their health information: If the patient feels that their health information is incorrect or incomplete, they may ask us to amend the information.

The right to request confidential communications: The patient has the right to request that we communicate with them about medical matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, the patient can request that we contact them only at their work or by mail. The patient will be notified if their request is denied.

The right to an accounting of disclosures: The patient may request an accounting of disclosure of their health information that Clinic personnel have made in the six years prior to the request date. An accounting will not include disclosures made by Clinic personnel to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations or include disclosures authorized by the patient.

The right to request restriction or limitation of their health information: The patient has the right to request a restriction or limitation on the medical information that we use or disclose for the purpose of treatment, payment or health care operations. The patient also has the right to request a limit on medical information we disclose about you to someone who is involved in their care, such as a family member or friend.

The right of notification in the event of privacy or security breach involving your protected health and billing information if there is a risk to you personally.