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March 24, 2006

Benefits Briefs

HIPAA privacy notice available on UPMC Infonet

It is the policy of UPMC to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) privacy rule pertaining to the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI).

HIPAA directly applies to patients, providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses, and indirectly to third parties that have access to PHI in connection with services provided to, or on behalf of, UPMC. Part of UPMC’s compliance includes publishing reminders at least once every three years about the availability of the health system’s privacy notice.

You can review UPMC’s HIPAA privacy notice for its Welfare Benefits Plan at http://benefits.infonet.upmc.com.

UPMC Savings Plan files IRS application

UPMC, as required by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, will submit an application asking the Internal Revenue Service to issue a favorable determination letter with respect to the qualification of the UPMC 401(a) Retirement Savings Plan.

A full copy of the “Notice to participants in the UPMC 401(a) Retirement Savings Plan” is available on UPMC Infonet at http://benefits.infonet.upmc.com/RetireTools.htm. Copies of the notice also may be requested by calling the UPMC Retirement Line toll-free at 1-877-206-8264.

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