Irwin Army Community Hospital Fort Riley, Kansas The "Big Red One" Hospital

Notice of Privacy Practices


Military Health System

Effective Oct. 1, 2013


This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.


This Notice of Privacy Practices is required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. If you have any questions about this notice, please contact the HIPAA Privacy Officer at your military treatment facility (MTF) or, if necessary, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) Privacy and Civil Liberties Office (DHA Privacy Office). See “Contact Information” at the end of this notice.


This notice describes MHS practices regarding your PHI.  The terms “we” and “our”  in this notice refer to the MHS.  The MHS includes the following:

  • MTFs including Coast Guard treatment facilities
  • All MHS/TRICARE health plans
  • TRICARE Regional Offices
  • TRICARE managed care support contractors and certain other organizations with access to your PHI under agreements with the MHS. However, private sector providers in contractor networks must issue their own Notices of Privacy Practices.
  • MHS and Coast Guard headquarters functions, such as activities of DHA and the Military Departments’ Surgeons General.


Our Duties to You Regarding Your PHI


The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires the MHS to:

  • Ensure that your PHI is properly safeguarded
  • Notify you if we determine that your PHI was inappropriately used or disclosed
  • Provide you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices for the use and disclosure of your PHI
  • Follow the terms of the notice currently in effect


Our Right to Revise This Notice.  We may change this notice and our privacy practices at any time.  Any revised notice will apply to the PHI we already have about  you at the time of the change and any PHI we create or receive after the change takes effect.  We will advise you of important changes and post the revision on our website.


How to Obtain a Copy of This Notice.  This notice is available in paper copy at your MTF and is also available on our website.  You can ask for a paper copy at your next appointment, or call and request that we mail a copy to you, even if you have previously agreed to receive this notice electronically.



Irwin Army Community Hospital Fort Riley, Kansas The "Big Red One" Hospital
Irwin Army Community Hospital