The federal Health Insurance Portability and Privacy Act (HIPAA) requires most health plans and health care providers to issue a Notice of Privacy Practices to the people they serve. Wisconsin statute contains additional guidance for health care providers regarding the uses and disclosures of protected health information.
Provider's Responsibilities in Patient Rights for HIPAA
2013 Wisconsin Act 238 (Wis. Stat. 146.816(4)), enacted on April 9, 2014, directed the Department of Health Services to create and make available information for health care providers and health care facilities that explains health information privacy rights in commonly understood language. Provider's Responsibilities in Patient Rights for HIPAA describes the rights that patients have under the Privacy Rule that health care providers are required to honor.
Notice of Privacy Practices for Individuals Receiving Care
DHS has issued a Notice of Privacy Practices for several program areas. The notice describes how individual health information is used and disclosed. It also describes rights individuals have such as accessing or requesting changes to their health records, or receiving an accounting of where their information has been disclosed. For more information about the content in the notice, contact the individual or office listed in each notice.