Privacy Resources

For more information send us an email or phone 619-338-2808.

This office ensures that the County of San Diego is in compliance with the national Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other state and federal laws and regulations related to client confidentiality.

 

What Is HIPAA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was established to improve the portability and continuity of health insurance coverage for groups and individuals. A major focus of HIPAA is administrative simplification, reduction of health care costs and the reduction of waste, fraud and abuse in health insurance and health delivery systems, as well as protection of personal health information. HIPAA reforms the health care system by establishing national standards and uniform methods for the collection, maintenance, transmission, use, privacy and security of personal health information and data. The HIPAA regulations impact organizations, private or public, that transmit or receive health care information, including the County of San Diego.

Your Rights as a Consumer

As of April 14, 2003, federal law provides a baseline of privacy protections for your personal health information. In order to protect your personal health information, you need to know what protections and rights you have and what you can do if you believe they have been violated.

  • You have the right to be told how your health care 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 personal information about your health will be used. It tells you who will see your information, what you rights are and where you can file a complaint. Generally, your health care 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 health 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 County of San Diego Programs or by individual health care providers or insurers. Please refer to the Notice of Privacy Practices section posted on this website for more information.

For more about HIPAA, visit the following Web sites:

 

For more information send us an email or phone 619-338-2808.