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The Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is federal legislation which has created a national standard for protecting the privacy of a patient's private health information. The Chester County Hospital has always been careful to protect a patient's privacy and will continue to strive to do so. This page provides helpful information about your privacy rights and certain key forms that you can use in exercising these rights.
HIPAA requires that every healthcare provider create and distribute a Notice of Privacy Practices. This document describes what the provider may do with your Private Healthcare Information and what rights you have regarding these practices.
One key element in maintaining the privacy of a patient's personal health information is having them authorize the release of information for certain purposes prior to any release occurring. The types of releases that do and do not need authorization are reviewed in the Notice of Privacy Practices mentioned above. We are providing the authorization here so you can download it to fill out at your convenience. Instructions are included with the form.
Many of the elements concerning your privacy can be confusing and no printed document can start to answer all of the questions that might arise. For further information or to discuss any privacy issue you may have, please call the Privacy Officer at 610.738.2777 or write to:
The Chester County Hospital
Attn: Privacy Officer
701 East Marshall Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Last Updated: 7/30/2010