Patient Rights and Responsibilities


The following are privacy, plus rights and responsibility documentation.

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1996 and went into effect in April, 2003. Under HIPAA regulations, you have a right to privacy and confidentiality regarding your medical records. Only you can authorize disclosure of your health information, and our trained medical record staff will only be able to disclose your health information with your written permission.

There are few exceptions to this law:

  • Treatment - We are permitted to use your health information for current and future treatment.
  • Payment - We are permitted by law to use your health information for submission to your insurance company for payment of healthcare bills.
  • Health operations - We are permitted by law to use your health information for internal hospital quality reviews for the purpose of improving quality care.

Your medical record is maintained according to Pennsylvania state laws and hospital accreditation standards. You are entitled to access or view your medical record, or request a copy of your medical record. To view or receive a copy of your medical record, you must make a request in writing to the Medical Records Department.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding Holy Redeemer's adherence to the HIPAA privacy regulations, please contact Holy Redeemer's Privacy Officer at 215-856-1148.




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