South County Hospital

The Privacy of Your Health Information

The privacy and confidentiality of your health information is assured.

In compliance with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), we are happy to provide you with our Notice of Privacy Practices, which explains how we may use and disclose your health information, as well as how you may access it.

Joint Notice of Privacy Practices Revisions

THE NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION

Effective September 23, 2013, South County Health has revised our Notice of Privacy Practices.

The changes cover the latest information regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus Final Rule. 

Some of the modifications include:

  • Business Associates of Covered Entities are now directly liable for compliance with certain of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules' requirements. 
  • Limitations on the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) for marketing and fundraising purposes, and prohibition of the sale of PHI without individual authorization. 
  • Expansion of  individuals' rights to receive electronic copies of their health information and to restrict disclosures to a health plan concerning treatment for which the individual has paid out of pocket in full. 
  • Modification of the individual authorization regarding marketing and fundraising activities, disclosure regarding the sale of (PHI) and information regarding certain psychotherapy information.
  • Information regarding your right of notification of any breach of unsecured PHI.  
  • Individual rights regarding the restriction of disclosure of PHI when an individual pays out of pocket for care.  

You may request a copy of the revised Notice of Privacy Practice at the time of your visit, or from our from our website at www.southcountyhealth.org or by calling the SCHHS Patient Access Department and requesting that a revised copy be sent to you in the mail. 

If you have any questions about this Notice revision, please contact our Privacy Officer at (401) 782-8000. 

 

South County Medical Group Patients

Patients who are part of a South County Medical Group practice can request additional protection for privacy - you can choose who views your electronic medical records. Download our authorization form.