The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, includes a series of �Administrative Simplification� provisions which have changed the way that your personal information is used in the physicians office.  Family Medical Group Northeast, P.C. has complied with all aspects of the HIPAA act including medical record policies and HIPAA compliant computer systems.

The HIPAA act revolves around three key sets of standards that affect all practices.

        Striving to protect patient�s medical privacy

        Maintaining patient information and billing processes in compliance with the national standards

        Providing appropriate security of patients� records.

Family Medical Group Northeast, P.C. will provide you with a detailed notice of the Privacy Practices while you are in the office. 

The patient security portion of the HIPPA act determines how the physicians office may use and disclose the patients protected health information (PHI) to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations (TPO) and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law.  It also describes the patients right to access and control your protected health information.  This information includes demographic information, that can identify the patient and that relates to his/her past, present or future physical or mental health and related healthcare services.

This is a simplified overview of the changes HIPPA has created in the physician office.   For a more detailed description of the changes and requirements for the physicians� office, and answers to frequently asked questions please visit one of the following web-sites:

          www.cms.hhs.gov/hipaa

          http://aspe.os.dhhs.gov/admnsimp/final/pvcguide1.htm

 In the event you have questions that are not answered on one of the above web sites please contact Family Medical Group Northeast, P.C. office for clarification on how the HIPAA Act affects you and your personal health information.