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Notice of Privacy Practices

Effective Date:    November 2018


Policy Statement


The Columbia University Healthcare Component (CUHC) will provide every new patient with the Notice of Privacy Practices (Notice) in compliance with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).


Reason(s) for the Policy


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 includes a regulatory requirement to provide every new patient with the organization’s Notice of Privacy Practices (Notice). The Notice informs patients how their Protected Health Information (PHI) may be accessed, used and disclosed by CUHC, CUHC’s duty to protect their PHI, and their rights with respect to their PHI and how to exercise those rights.


Primary Guidance to Which This Policy Responds


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 45 CFR 164.520


Responsible University Office & Officer


Office of HIPAA Compliance, Privacy Officer



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