Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Compliance
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) has a duty to protect client health information and takes this duty very seriously. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Compliance Office is entrusted with monitoring the WDH’s compliance with privacy and security requirements mandated by state and federal laws. Functions regularly provided by the HIPAA Compliance Office include:
- Providing leadership and direction regarding WDH privacy and security
- Developing and administering WDH’s privacy and security policies
- Receiving and addressing complaints from clients and staff regarding WDH privacy violations
- Receiving and coordinating the processing of public records requests
- Reviewing contracts to ensure appropriate safeguards are implemented to protect client health information
For help or to file a complaint, please contact:
Wyoming Department of Health
HIPAA Compliance Office
401 Hathaway Building
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 777-8664 or (307)777-2438
Notice of Privacy Practices.
The WDH Notice of Privacy Practices is available in both English and Spanish. The notice advises WDH clients of how WDH uses their health information and their rights regarding their health information.
WDH Form F-001 Notice of Privacy Practices
WDH Form F-021 Notice of Privacy Practices (Spanish)
The following are helpful links regarding privacy and security issues:
http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/index.html - This link provides federal government information about filing a privacy-related complaint.
http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/administrative/index.html - This link provides information, including the actual law, about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/coveredentities/hitechblurb.html - This link provides information about the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. This act implements, interprets, and adds to the provisions of HIPAA.
http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/administrative/breachnotificationrule/index.html - This link provides information about the interim breach notification rules applicable to WDH, as a covered entity.
http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/news/hitechnewsonaccountingdisclosure.html - This link provides information on a proposed rule that would allow a covered entity’s clients to receive an access report regarding electronic accessing of their health records.
http://legisweb.state.wy.us/statutes/statutes.aspx?file=titles/Title16/T16CH4AR2.htm - This link provides the Wyoming Public Records statutes.
WDH Privacy Forms
WDH Form F-005, Request for Access to Records - This form is required for WDH clients who wish to examine, copy, and/or receive copies of their health records.
WDH Form F-009, Request to Amend Records - This form is required for WDH clients who wish to amend information contained in their health records.
WDH Form F-011, Authorization to Release Records - This form is required for WDH clients who wish to authorize release of their records to a third party.
WDH Form F-012, Request for Restriction on Disclosure of Records - This form is required for WDH clients who wish to place a restriction on otherwise permissible disclosures of their records.
WDH Form F-014, Request for an Accounting of Disclosures - This form is required for WDH clients who wish to receive an accounting of WDH or its business associates’ disclosures of their records.
Public Record Request Fee Schedule - This form lists the labor and copy fees charged by WDH for processing public records requests.