At the Foot and Ankle Institute of Maryland, we respect the importance of privacy and adhere to all HIPAA regulations. Our patients from Baltimore, Annapolis, Columbia, and the nearby areas of Maryland can count on us for professional podiatric care.
How is My Information Protected Under HIPAA?
HIPAA regulations protect your information from being accessed or received by parties who are not involved in your medical treatment. HIPAA requires healthcare entities to put safeguards in place to protect your information and also prevents them from disclosing your information improperly. We take both of these policies very seriously at the Foot and Ankle Institute of Maryland. The information protected under HIPAA includes:
- Information that is put into your medical record
- Your health insurance and billing information
- Conversations your doctor has with you or other health care providers
Who Has Access to My Information?
Only your health care provider and their related entities will have access to your information. Related entities include billing companies and health insurance providers who will be charged for your treatment. You, of course, have access to your information, as well. You are able to request a copy of your medical records at any time. This can be a great way to view the information that is on your medical records while also ensuring its accuracy. If you would like, you are also able to designate a personal representative who will have legal permission to access your medical records.
What Else Can I Do to Secure My Privacy Under HIPAA?
In addition to regularly viewing your medical records, there are a few steps you can take to further secure the privacy of your information. For starters, if there is any specific information you would not like shared, you can inform your health care provider to keep it private. This is usually permitted unless it will interfere with your treatment. Another way to strengthen your privacy is to have your health care provider reach you at a different address, different phone number, or in a different method. These extra steps can make a big difference in the vulnerability of your information.
If you have any additional questions regarding HIPAA policy, contact us today. We pride ourselves on offering transparent, compassionate care. The Foot and Ankle Institute of Maryland serves the residents of Glen Burnie, Annapolis, Baltimore, and the surrounding areas of Maryland.