What You Need to Know
The records we maintain about your health care are the property of UH. To protect your privacy, we may check your identity when you have questions about treatment or billing issues. We will also confirm the identity and authority of anyone who asks to review, copy or amend Medical Information or to obtain a list of disclosures of Medical Information as described below. These are your specific rights, subject to certain limitations, regarding Medical Information we maintain about you.
Right to Obtain a Paper Copy of This Notice:
You have the right to a paper copy of this Notice at any time. Even if you have agreed to receive this Notice electronically, you are still entitled to a paper copy.
Right to Inspect and Copy:
In general, you have the right to inspect and copy your Medical Information. If you request a copy of your Medical Information, we may charge a reasonable fee for the costs of labor, postage, and supplies associated with your request. If the Medical Information you request is maintained electronically, we will provide you access to the Medical Information in an agreed-upon electronic format.
We may deny your request to inspect, copy or send Medical Information in certain limited circumstances. If you are denied access to Medical Information, you may request that the denial be reviewed.
More information: Accessing Medical Information
Right to Request Amendments:
If you feel that Medical Information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information or to make an addition to your record. You have the right to request this for as long as we maintain the information. To request an amendment, please submit your written request, along with a reason that supports it, to our Privacy Officer. If we accept your request, we will tell you and will amend your records. We cannot take out what is in the record, but we will supplement the information. If we deny your request for amendment, you may submit a statement of disagreement, to which UH may choose to respond in writing. In addition, you have the right to request that UH send a copy of your amendment request and your statement of disagreement (if any) with any future disclosures of your Medical Information.
More information: Amendment Request
Right to an Accounting of Disclosures:
You have the right to request a list of certain of our disclosures of your Medical Information. The first list you request in a 12 month period will be free. For additional lists, we may charge you for the costs of providing the list. To request an accounting of disclosures, please submit your request to our Privacy Officer using the contact information above.
Right to Request Restrictions:
You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the Medical Information we use or disclose about you for treatment, payment, or health care operations. You also have the right to request that we disclose a limited amount of Medical Information to someone involved in your care or involved in payment for your care. We are not required to agree to your restriction request. If we do agree, we will notify you in writing and will honor our agreement unless we need to use or disclose the information to provide emergency treatment to you or if the law requires us to disclose it.
We will agree to your request to restrict disclosure of your Medical Information to a health plan if the disclosure is for the purpose of payment or health care operations; is not otherwise required by law; and the Medical Information you wish to restrict pertains solely to a health care item or service for which you, or someone other than your health plan, has paid in full.
More information: Restriction Request
Right to Request Confidential Communications:
You have the right to request that we communicate with you about health matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you can ask that we only contact you at work or by e-mail. We will honor all reasonable requests. However, if we are unable to contact you using your requested methods or locations, we may contact you using any information we have.
Right to Notice of a Breach of Certain Medical Information:
We are required to notify you by first class mail or e-mail (if you have told us you prefer to receive information by e-mail), of a breach of your Medical Information. A breach is any unauthorized acquisition, access, use, or disclosure of certain categories of Medical Information that compromises the security or privacy of this Medical Information.