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The Military Health System (MHS) Notice of Privacy Practices is provided as a requirement under the Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Although the MHS has always had privacy and patient confidentiality standards in place to limit unauthorized access or disclosure of personal health information, the new privacy rule provides TRICARE beneficiaries with additional safeguards for ensuring their health information is adequately protected and is used by the MHS and TRICARE to provide quality patient care.
(NOTE: MHS Notice of Privacy Notice is effective in its entirety as of April 14, 2003)
The Notice explains how MHS may use and share your personal health information to carry out treatment, payment of services and health care operations. Other reasons permitted or required by law are also referred to in the Notice. The Notice explains your rights to read and control your protected health information and explains the responsibility MHS has to protect you, the beneficiary.
Personal health information may be about your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition and relates to health care services. It could include your age, ethnicity, or other personal statistics. You have the right to do the following:
- Read and copy your personal health information
- Ask for limits to be put on the use or sharing of your health information
- Ask that communications about your personal health information be done through ways that further protect your privacy
- Ask to have corrections made to your personal health information
- Get a listing of where and when your personal health information was shared
The Notice will be mailed to all TRICARE sponsors beginning in December 2002. During a future military treatment facility visit, you will be asked to sign a medical record jacket label acknowledging receipt of that Notice. This is so the MHS can make certain that all TRICARE beneficiaries have been informed of their right to the privacy of their personal health information. Your acknowledgment of receipt of the Notice in no way affects your eligibility to receive care. Privacy Officers are available at each MTF to address any questions or concerns.
If you do not receive a copy of the MHS Notice of Privacy Practices in the mail, you may view the MHS Notice of Privacy on line at www.tricare.mil/tma/privacy/hipaa-nopp.aspx
The MHS Notice of Privacy is available in the following languages/formats at www.tricare.mil/tma/privacy/hipaa-nopp.aspx. All languages in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
- Large Print
- Audio Summary
- Braille (Local military treatment facility HIPAA Privacy Officers may obtain Braille MHS Notices of Privacy Practices by contacting the TRICARE Management Activity HIPAA Privacy Officer)
You may contact your local MTF Privacy Officer or the TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) Privacy Officer for more information about the MHS Notice of Privacy. The TMA Privacy Officer may be contacted atTRICARE Management Activity Information Management, Technology and Reengineering Directorate HIPAA Office Five Skyline Place, Suite 810 5111 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA 22041-3206
by phone at 1-888-DOD-HIPA (1-888-363-4472 - Toll Free from the continental United States)/TTY 877-535-6778. You may also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information regarding your privacy rights visit the TRICARE Web site
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