Notice of Privacy Policies

The HIPAA Privacy Rule gives individuals a fundamental right to be informed of the privacy practices of their health care providers, as well as to be informed of their privacy rights with respect to their personal health information. We as your health care providers are required to develop and distribute a notice that provides a clear explanation of these rights and practices. The notice is intended to focus individuals on privacy issues and concerns, and to prompt them to have discussions with their health care providers. 

How the Rule Works

General Rule: The Privacy Rule provides that an individual has a right to adequate notice of how a covered entity may use and disclose protected health information about the individual, as well as his or her rights and the covered entity’s obligations with respect to that information.

Content of the Notice: Covered entities are required to provide a notice in plain language that describes: 

  • How the covered entity may use and disclose protected health information about an individual. 
  • The individual’s rights with respect to the information and how the individual may exercise these rights, including how the individual may complain to the covered entity. 
  • The covered entity’s legal duties with respect to the information, including a statement that the covered entity is required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information. 
  • Whom individuals can contact for further information about the covered entity’s privacy policies.  

Providing the Notice.

  • A covered entity must make its notice available to any person who asks for it. 
  • A covered entity must prominently post and make available its notice on any web site it maintains that provides information about its customer services or benefits. 

Gastroenterology of the Rockies, and it's affiliate entities have provided our Notice of Privacy Policies below: