Advocate Health Care has always supported and recognized our patients' right to expect that their medical records and other information about their care will be kept confidential. For the past two years Advocate Health Care has been preparing to implement policies and procedures to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Regulations.
What is HIPAA?
The HIPAA privacy regulations give patients more control over their health information and also set boundaries on the use and release of patient information. The regulations also establish appropriate safeguards that all health care providers must achieve to protect the privacy of health information.
What does HIPAA mean to patients?
One of the provisions of the HIPAA privacy regulations is that all health care providers distribute a "Notice of Privacy Practices" to patients. Advocate Health Care patients will begin receiving our Notice on September 1, 2010. All patients will be given a Notice when they register for patient services at any of Advocate Health Care facilities. Patients are not required to read the Notice, but are being asked to sign an acknowledgement that they received the Notice, as is required by the privacy regulations.
Privacy Question Contacts
Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Advocate Hope Children's Hospital
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital
Advocate South Suburban Hospital
Advocate Trinity Hospital
Advocate Health Centers
Advocate Medical Group
Advocate Illinois Masonic Physician's Group
Dreyer Medical Clinic
High Tech Medical Park
Advocate Home Health Services, Advocate Hospice,
Advocate Home Care Products, Inc.
847.381.0123, extension 4331
708.799.8000 extension 2273
Notice of Privacy Practices