Notice of privacy practices

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 practice is required, by law, to maintain the privacy and confidentially of your protected health information and to provide our patients with notice of your legal dudes and privacy practices with respect to your protected health information.
 
Disclosure of your health care information
Treatment
We may disclose your health care information to other health care professionals within our practice for the purpose of treatment, payment or health care operations.{example}
  "On occasion, it may be necessary to seek consultation regarding your condition from other health care providers associated with this practice."  
  "It is our policy to provide a substitute health care provider, authorized by this practice to provide assessment and/or treatment to our patients, without advanced notice, in the event of your primary health care providerís absence due to vacation, sickness, or other emergency situation."  
Payment
We may disclose your health information to your insurance provider for the purpose of payment or health care operations.{example}
  "As a courtesy to our patients, we will submit an itemized billing statement to your insurance carrier for the purpose of payment to this practice of health care services rendered. If you pay your health care services personally, we will, as a courtesy, provide an itemized billing to your insurance carrier for the purpose of reimbursement to you. The billing statement contains medical information, including diagnosis, date of injury or condition, and codes which describe the health care services resolved".  
Workers' Compensation
We may disclose your health information as necessary to comply with State Workers' Compensation Laws.
Emergencies
We may disclose your health information to notify or assist in notify or assist in notifying a family member, or another person responsible for your care about your medical condition or in the event of an emergency of your death.
Public Health
As required by law, we may disclose your health information to public health information to public authorities for purpose related to preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability, reporting child abuse or neglect, reporting domestic violence, reporting to the Food and Drug Administration problems with products and reactions to medications, and reporting disease or infection exposure.
Judicial and Administrative Proceedings
We may disclose your health information in the course of any administrative or judicial proceeding.
Law Enforcement
We may disclose your health information to a law enforcement official for purposes such as identifying or locating a suspect, fugitive, material witness or missing person, complying with a court order or subpoena, and other law enforcement purposes.
Deceased Persons
We may disclose your health information to coroner or medical examiners.
Organ Donation
We may disclose your health information to organizations involved in procuring, banking or transplanting organs and issues.
Research
We may disclose your health information to researchers conducting research that has been approved by an Institutional Review Board.
Public Safety
It may be necessary to disclose your health information to appropriate persons in order to prevent or lesson a serious and prominent threat to the health or safety of a particular person or to the general public.
Specialized Government Agencies
We may disclose your health information for military, national security, prisoner, and government benefits purposes.
Marketing
We may contact you for marketing purpose or fund-raising purposes, as described below {example}
  "As a courtesy to our patients, it is our policy to call your home on the evening prior to your scheduled appointment to remind you of your appointment time. If you are not at home we leave a reminder message on your answering machine or with the person answering the phone. No personal health information will be disclosed during the recording or message other than the date and time of your scheduled appointment along with a request on call of your office. If you need to cancel or rescheduled your appointment."  
  "It is our practice to participate in charitable events to raise awareness, food donations, gifts money etc. During these times, we may send you a letter, postcard, invitation or call your home to invite you to participate in the charitable activity. We will provide you with information about the type of activity, the dates and times, and request your participation in such a event. It is not our policy to disclose any personal health information about your condition for the purpose of this practice sponsored fund-raising events."  
Change of Ownership
In the event that this practice is sold or merged with another organization your health information/record will become the property of the new owner.
Your Health Information Rights
  • You have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your health information. Please be advised, however, that this practice is not required to agree to the restriction that you requested.
  • You have the right to have your health received or communicated through an alternative method or sent to an alternative location other than the usual method of communication or delivery upon your request.
  • You have the right to inspect and copy your health information.
  • You have a right to request that this practice amend your protected health information. Please be advised, however, that this practice is not required to agree to amend your protected health information. If your request to amend your health information has been denied, you will be provided with an explanation of our denial reason(s) and information about how you can disagree with the denial.
  • You have a right to receive an accounting of disclosures of your protected health information made by this practice.
  • You have a right to a paper copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices at any time upon request.
Changes to the Notice of Privacy Practices
This practice reserves the right to amend this Notice of Privacy Practices at any time in the future, and will make the new provisions effective for all information that it maintains. Until such amendment is made this practice is required by law to comply with this notice.
This practice is required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information and to provide you with the notice of its legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information .
If you have question about any part of this notice or if you want more information about your privacy rights, please contact our office.
Complaints
Complaints about your Privacy rights or how this practice has handled your health information should be directed to our Privacy Officer by calling this office.
If you are not satisfied with the manner in which this office handles your complaint, you may submit formal complaint to:
  DHHS, Office of Civil Rights
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Room 509F HHH Building
Washington D.C. 20201
 

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