The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a privacy notice that regulates the distribution and use of protected health information (PIH) among medical facilities.  The patient’s right to privacy is protected under federal law with the use of HIPPA disclosure statement, that is given to all patients prior to evaluation and treatment.  All written and oral identifying information provided to the clinical and administrative staff must be kept separate from medical records in an effort to protect patient confidentiality and safety.

Irvine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation assures to our patients that we will:

  • Comply with rules and regulations regarding the privacy and security of PHI as it is stated in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Protect all patient information by storing it in a secure database or locked filing cabinet.
  • Not disclose PHI except in the course of meeting obligations for treatment or if required by law.
  • Ensure that all subcontractors, including Physician Assistants, working on our behalf agree to the same guidelines and restrictions.
  • Immediately report any non-compliance of which we become aware of.
  • PHI will be available to the patient upon request within the requirements of HIPAA.
  • Have named a HIPAA security official who maintains and trains all other employees regarding our HIPAA policies and procedures.
  • Have established that all employees with access to PHI receive training on our policies and procedures according to HIPAA mandates.

More information regarding HIPAA can be found at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/.