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.
HOW WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU.
The following categories describe different ways that we use and disclose medical information. For each
category of uses or disclosures, we will elaborate on the meaning and provide more specific examples, if
you request. Not every use or disclosure in a category will be listed. However, all of the ways we are
permitted to use and disclose information will fall within one of the categories. We must obtain your
authorization before the use and disclosure of any psychotherapy notes, uses and disclosures of PHI for
marketing purposes, and disclosure that constitute a sale of PHI. Uses and disclosures not described in
this Notice of Privacy Practices will be made only with authorization from the individual.
For Payment. We may use and disclose medical information about you so that the treatment and services
you receive at the Practice may be billed to and payment may be collected from you, an insurance
company or a third party. For example: we may disclose your record to an insurance company, so that we
can get paid for treating you.
For Treatment. We may use medical information about you to provide you with medical treatment or
services. We may disclose medical information about you to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical
students, or other personnel who are involved in taking care of you at the Practice or the hospital. For
example, we may disclose medical information about you to people outside the Practice who may be
involved in your medical care, such as family members, clergy or other persons that are part of your care.
For Health Care Operations. We may use and disclose medical information about you for health care
operations. These uses and disclosures are necessary to run the Practice and ensure that all of our
patients receive quality care. We may also disclose information to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical
students, and other Practice personnel for review and learning purposes. For example, we may review
your record to assist our quality improvement efforts. WHO WILL FOLLOW THIS NOTICE. This notice
describes our Practice's policies and procedures and that of any health care professional authorized to
enter information into your medical chart, any member of a volunteer group which we allow to help you, as
well as all employees, staff and other Practice personnel.
POLICY REGARDING THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION. We create a record of the care
and services you receive at the Practice. We need this record in order to provide you with quality care and
to comply with certain legal requirements. This notice applies to all of the records of your care generated
by the Practice, whether made by Practice personnel or by your personal doctor. The law requires us to:
make sure that medical information that identifies you is kept private; give you this notice of our legal
duties and privacy practices with respect to medical information about you; and to follow the terms of the
notice that is currently in effect. Other ways we may use or disclose your protected healthcare information
include: appointment reminders; as required by law; for health-related benefits and services; to individuals
involved in your care or payment for your care; research; to avert a serious threat to health or safety; and
for treatment alternatives. Other uses and disclosures of your personal information could include
disclosure to, or for: coroners, medical examiners and funeral directors; health oversight activities; law
enforcement; lawsuits and disputes; military and veterans; national security and intelligence activities;
organ and tissue donation; public health risks; and worker's compensation.
NOTICE OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
You have the following rights regarding medical information we maintain about you:
Right to a Paper Copy of this Notice. You have the right to a paper copy of this notice. You may ask us to
give you a copy of this notice at any time.
Right to Inspect and Copy. You have the right to inspect and copy medical information that may be used to
make decisions about your care. We may deny your request to inspect and copy in certain very limited
Right to Amend. If you feel that medical information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may
ask us to amend the information. You have the right to request an amendment for as long as the
information is kept by, or for, the Practice. To request an amendment, your request must be made in
writing and submitted to the Privacy Officer and you must provide a reason that supports your request. We
may deny your request for an amendment.
Right to Request Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the medical
information we use or disclose about you for treatment, payment or health care operations. You also have
the right to request a limit on the medical information we disclose about you to someone who is involved in
your care or the payment for your care, like a family member or friend. We are not required to agree to
your request. If we do agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide
you emergency treatment. To request restrictions, you must make your request in writing to the Privacy
Right to Request Removal from Fundraising Communications. You have the right to opt out of receiving
fundraising communications from the Practice. Right to Restrict Disclosures to Health Plan. You have the
right to restrict disclosures of PHI to a health plan if the disclosure is for payment of health care operations
and pertains to a health care item or service for which the individual has paid out of pocket in full.
Right to Request Confidential Communications. You have the right to request that we communicate with
you about medical matters in a certain way or at a certain location. You must make your request in writing
and you must specify how or where you wish to be contacted.
Right to an Accounting of Disclosures. You have the right to request an "accounting of disclosures." This is
a list of the disclosures we made of medical information about you. To request this list or accounting of
disclosures, you must submit your request in writing to the Privacy Officer.
CHANGES TO THIS NOTICE. We reserve the right to change this notice. We will post a copy of the current
notice in the Practice's waiting room. COMPLAINTS. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated,
you may file a complaint with the Practice or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human
Services. To file a complaint with the Practice, contact the office Privacy Officer at your doctor’s office
location. All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.
OTHER USES OF MEDICAL INFORMATION. Other uses and disclosures of medical information not
covered by this notice or the laws that apply to use will be made only with your written authorization. If you
provide us permission to use or disclose medical information about you, you may revoke that permission,
in writing, at any time. If you have any questions about this notice or would like to receive a more detailed
explanation, please contact our Privacy Officer.
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