MMC is committed to providing health care services consistent with the greatest standards of ethics and integrity.
Every employee, volunteer, student, business associate, and the physician has a personal commitment to uphold our organizational principles and Code of Business Ethics. Complying with federal and state regulations is vital and demonstrates good business practice.
We are dedicated to the privacy and protection of our patients’ confidential medical information which demonstrates our pledge to providing patients and the community with their most basic rights in order to foster a sense of trust. Without that trust, we cannot provide the great patient-centered care to which we are dedicated.
What is HIPAA?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was created to ensure patients’ health information remains private. This law tells us how, when, and with whom we can share patients’ health information.
The HIPAA privacy regulations were effective April 14, 2003. By this law, patients have the right to:
- Request access to their protected health information
- Request an amendment or correction to their protected health information
- Request the restriction or limit the use of their protected health information
- Refuse to be contacted for fundraising activities
- Request to keep their name off of the patient directory
Protecting Health Information
All of us at MMC are individually responsible for respecting and guarding the privacy rights of our patients. This means not sharing patient information with any person who should not have access to that information.
Only those participating in the care and treatment of a patient are allowed access to that patient’s medical record. These persons include physicians, nurses, and therapists, lab personnel, admitting staff or whomever the patient authorizes as their personal representative.
HIPAA Privacy Officer
Although compliance with the HIPAA guidelines is the responsibility of every employee and volunteer, MMC has selected Celeste Wilder as our HIPAA privacy officer, who is responsible for developing, organizing, monitoring, and facilitating the hospital’s compliance with federal and state laws that influence our information privacy practices.
Concerns from patients, visitors, volunteers and others can be directed to us by contacting Celeste at 530-233-5131 ext. 1411 . Any concerns may also be sent to Celeste in writing, addressed to Modoc Medical Center, 228 W. McDowell Ave., Alturas, CA 96101.