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Your HIPAA Privacy Rights

All individuals have the following rights: 

  • You have the right to be told how your healthcare professional will use your personal health information. Most health care professionals and health plans must give you a notice of privacy practices. This notice tells you how your personal information about your health will be used. It tells you who will see your information, what your rights are, and where you can file a complaint. Generally, your healthcare professional uses your health information to treat you and to refer you to other recommended services. Your information is also used to bill your insurance company. 
  • You have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your personal health information. 
  • You have the right to request confidential communications of your personal health information. 
  • You have the right to request to inspect or receive a copy of your personal health information maintained by your health care professional or health plan. 
  • You have the right to request an amendment of your personal health information. 
  • You have the right to request an accounting of disclosures of your personal health information that you did not specifically authorize or that was not used for treatment, payment, and heath care operations. 

This is only a brief description of your rights and does not add to, change, or replace the rights described in the notice of privacy practices provided by various Orange County programs or by individual healthcare providers or insurers.

For access to a form related to HIPAA Privacy Rights please visit the Orange County Health Care Agency Custodian of Records by clicking here

Where can you learn more about HIPPA? 

HIPAA requires all treatment providers and health plans to distribute a notice that explains your rights as a patient, how your medical information may be used, what our legal obligations are to you, and how you may contact us for information or to file a complaint. This notice is called our Notice of Privacy Practices and is available online or at any of our healthcare facilities. 
The Orange County Health Care Agency is committed to safe-guarding patients' privacy, especially the rights of people in sensitive health groups including those receiving mental healthcare, drug and alcohol treatment services, sexually transmitted disease services, and HIV treatment. In addition to current California privacy laws, HIPAA sets a national standard on how healthcare providers and health plans must protect medical information.

For more information send us an email or call (714) 568-5614.