The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) went into effect on April 14, 2003. This law affects all aspects of healthcare. The employees at Rooks County Health Center are trained upon employment, as well as annually, regarding their responsibilities in relation to patient’s privacy.
Information obtained through a patient’s care is treated as confidential. Staff members, physicians, volunteers and business associates of Rooks County Health Center who have access to information concerning patients must hold all information in strict confidence.
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of the HIPAA rule relates to the release of health information, including information related to treatment and payment. When disclosing protected health information, a signed authorization is required except for those disclosures made for treatment, payment or healthcare operations.
The HIPAA privacy rule also gives patients the right to see, get a copy of and amend their medical record by adding information to it. To access the appropriate forms, please click here.
For questions regarding the HIPAA rule or to file a complaint, please contact Rooks County Health Center's Privacy Officer, Jamie Gosselin at (785) 434-4553 during normal business hours.