Patient Rights Policies

HIPAA provides patients with several rights, all described in our Notice of Privacy Practices. Our Notice of Privacy Practices Policy describes when a notice should be provided, which notice should be provided, and how the notice must be provided to the individual.

The HIPAA Privacy Office works with our clinical departments, physicians, and Health Information Release Services to faciliate requests related to specific patient rights under HIPAA.  These rights include:

  • The right to request a copy of their medical records from Washington University Physicians for yourself or for us to send a copy of your records to a third party, such as another physician.

Policy:  Right to Access Protected Heath Information by Individual or their Personal Representative

  • The right to request an amendment to the medical record(s) if the patient finds we have documented something in error.  These requests are reviewed by the HIPAA Privacy Office and the treating provider.

Policy:  Right to Request Amendment of Protected Health Information

  • The right to request a restriction on an internal use or external disclosure of Protected Health Information.
  • The right to request confidential communications of  Protected Health Information.
  • The right to request a restriction on disclosures of health information to a health plan (applicable only for those services where insurance is not billed; patient pays in full out of pocket at the time of visit)

Policy:  Restriction on Use or Disclosure of Protected Health Information

  •  The right to request an accounting of disclosures made of their PHI for purposes other than treatment, payment, or healthcare operations.

Policy:  Right to Request Accounting of Disclosure of Protected Health Information