Privacy Rights Overview Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) (These privacy rights are applicable only under HIPAA. You may have other rights covered under other state and federal laws and regulations.) The privacy provisions of the federal law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), apply to health information created or maintained by health care providers who engage in certain electronic transactions, health plans, and health care clearinghouses. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued the regulation, “Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information,” applicable to entities covered by HIPAA. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the federal departmental component responsible for implementing and enforcing the privacy regulation. Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania has many programs that are considered “covered entities” and are therefore required to comply with HIPAA requirements. A specific HIPAA requirement is the posting of Jewish Family Service’s Privacy Notice on the organization’s website. The notice covers information such as the uses and disclosures of protected health information for payment purposes and health care operations, when there is a need to obtain written authorization to release protected health information (PHI) and a statement of your rights regarding PHI which include information regarding how your record may be amended. While the Privacy Notice available to you when you click the Privacy Notice Button below is specifically tailored for Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania, all “covered entities” must comply with the provision indicated in the notice. As such, visitors to this site may wish to browse the Privacy Notice to gain an understanding of their rights under HIPAA. Consumers of Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania should contact their program or the Privacy Officer at (570) 344-1186. To read the complete privacy notice, click here.