Notice of Privacy Practices


HIPAA Security & HIPAA Privacy Officer: (254) 288-8915

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 MHS Notice of Privacy is available in the following languages/formats at health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Privacy-and-Civil-Liberties/HIPAA-Compliance-within-the-MHS/Notice-of-Privacy-Practices.offsite link in new window

All languages in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Chinese - Simplified
  • Chinese - Traditional
  • French - Canadian
  • French - European
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Portuguese - Brazilian
  • Portuguese - European
  • Russian
  • Spanish - Latin American
  • Spanish - European
  • Tagalog
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese

You may contact your local MTF Privacy Officer or the Defense Health Agency (DHA) Privacy Officer for more information about the MHS Notice of Privacy. The TMA Privacy Officer may be contacted at

Defense Health Agency Information Management,
Technology and Reengineering Directorate
HIPAA Office
7700 Arlington Blvd Suite 5101
Falls Church, VA 22042-5101


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 hipaamail@tma.osd.mil. For additional information regarding your privacy rights visit the TRICARE Web siteoffsite link in new window

SOURCE: Information posted on the TRICARE Web Siteoffsite link in new window and TRICARE HIPAA web siteoffsite link in new window

Additional Resources

Mental Health Confidentiality For Soldiers

Though most of what is discussed is confidential, there are some exceptions that are important for you to understand. Some common examples of those limitations can be found below. A full list of exceptions is included in the paperwork given to you on your first visit. If you have questions about what you read at any time, ask a staff member.

Patient Rights & Responsibilities

Effective health care requires a partnership between patients, physicians and other healthcare professionals. Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center strives to provide a foundation for understanding and respecting the rights and responsibilities of patients.

Advance Medical Directives

Texas law allows you to make an advance directive concerning your medical care. That is, you may make your wish concerning medical treatment known before you actually need such care. The Texas Natural Death Act authorizes you to create a Directive to Physicians.


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