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Authorization for Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information
Due to changes in federal law, a revised release of information disclosure form must be used for all requests for personal health information.
Please print the form by downloading it via the link to the right. Fill it out completely and take it to your physician clinic or our Medical Release of Information Office.
The authorization for release of information is not valid, according to the privacy rule, if the authorization has any of the following defects:
- The expiration date or event has passed
- The authorization has not been filled out completely with respect to the required content listed above
- The authorization is known by the covered entity to have been revoked
- The authorization is a prohibited type of compound authorization (must not be combined with any other document or request)
- Any material information in the authorization is known by the hospital to be false
Background: The federal government published the standards for privacy of individually identified health information on December 28, 2000. These standards are also known as the HIPAA privacy rule. The rule establishes standards for information disclosure - including what constitutes a valid authorization. Below is an overview of this information for future reference. As of April 14, 2003, each hospital will need to comply with the new HIPAA rules.
Health Information Exchange
Most people have had more than one provider, insurance plan or network in their lives. This means you might have medical records that are stored in two or more different systems. It's important for your provider to have your complete health care record. This helps them make the best decisions about your treatment and medications. Health Information Exchanges (HIE) make it possible for providers to access their patients' medical information from different locations securely.
CoxHealth currently participates in a regional and national HIE. This allows your provider to access parts of your CoxHealth medical record even if they are not part of the CoxHealth system. These records include:
- Lab results
- Prescribed medications
- List of allergies
- Past surgery records
- Other medical histories important to your care
Getting medical records from one provider to another can be time-consuming, but HIEs are designed to make your medical care more convenient, accessible and safe. HIEs are secure and protected by the federal government. If you would like to opt-out of CoxHealth’s affiliated HIEs, request an “Opt-Out” form from registration staff.