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Patient Privacy

Safeguarding your health information is important to us.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which is the federal law commonly known as “HIPAA,” provides certain protections for any of your health information that can be specifically identified as yours. The following are your rights and our responsibilities under HIPAA.

Your Rights:

Your medical information rights include:

  • The right to request restrictions on the way we use your medical information;
  • The right to request and receive information from us in a different way or manner;
  • The right to review your medical information;
  • The right to request that we amend your medical information and;
  • The right to know how we have used or disclosed your medical information.

Pass code-for-Privacy System:

PCRMC utilizes a patient pass code system in order to discuss your protected health information with family, friends and others. As an inpatient, you will be given a four digit pass code and it is your decision with whom to share it. General condition information (i.e., fair, stable, etc.) may be given out without the pass code if you have agreed to be in the hospital directory. Information requests by other providers involved in your care or by third party payers related to payment for services delivered to you are exempt from the pass code requirement. We will not give out your health information unless the person tells us your pass code.

What we are required to do:

It is our responsibility to protect your medical information, provide you with our Notice of Privacy Practices and abide by its terms.

We will not use or disclose your health information without your authorization, except as otherwise described in the Notice of Privacy Practices.

Note - you are entitled to receive and review our full-length legal notice of privacy practices. You may obtain a copy of our Notice by clicking the following links.

Notice of Privacy Practices - Phelps County Regional Medical Center

If you have any questions, please contact the Privacy Officer at 573-458-7613.