Notice of privacy practices / HIPAA
Northern California Medical Associates has always supported and recognized our patients’ right to expect that their medical records and other information about their care will be kept confidential.
HIPAA is an acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a U.S. law (1996) that stipulates privacy standards to protect patients’ medical records and other health information provided to health plans, doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers.
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.
One of the provisions of the HIPAA privacy regulations is that all health care providers distribute a “Notice of Privacy Practices“ to patients. All patients will be given a Notice when they register for patient services at any of Northern California Medical Associates 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.
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of Protected Health Information and to give you this Notice explaining our privacy practices with regard to that information. You have certain rights — and we have certain legal obligations — regarding the privacy of your Protected Health Information, and this Notice also explains your rights and our obligations. We are required to abide by the terms of the current version of this Notice. You can read the NCMA Notice of Privacy Practices here.