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HIPAA

Learn how Blount Memorial Hospital protects your health information.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 was passed to streamline claims processing and payment in the health care system, while also mandating a higher level of privacy and security for patients and their protected health information. The protected data includes any electronic, paper or oral information that identifies a patient and contains any information relating to his or her past, present or future health care needs.

Protected health information may be used by facilities such as Blount Memorial for treatment, payment or health care operations. For all other disclosures and uses of a patient's health information, Blount Memorial must obtain prior patient authorization, unless the disclosure is required by law.

For more information about patient privacy at Blount Memorial and what to do if you feel your privacy rights have been violated, read our Notice of Privacy Practices. In addition to explaining ways the hospital may use information about you, it also describes patients' rights. Inpatients of Blount Memorial receive this information upon admission, and additional copies are available through the nursing staff.

Questions can be directed to the hospital's privacy official by calling 865-977-4675 or e-mailing privacyofficial@bmnet.com.

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