This is taken from material distributed to our patients at their first visit:
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES (MEDICAL)
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PATIENTS MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW PATIENTS CAN GET ACCESS TO THEIR INFORMATION.
The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA") is a federal program that requires that all medical records and other individually identifiable health information used or disclosed by us in any form, whether electronically, on paper, or orally, are kept properly confidential. This Act gives the patient, significant new rights to understand and control how health information is used. "HIPAA" provides penalties for covered entities that misuse personal health information.
As required by "HIPAA", we have prepared this explanation of how we are required to maintain the privacy of patient health information and how we may use and disclose health information.
We may use and disclose patient medical records only for each of the following purposes: treatment, payment and health care operations.
We may also create and distribute de-identified health information by removing all references to individually identifiable information.
We may contact a patient to provide appointment reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest.
Any other uses and disclosures will be made only with written authorization. A patient may revoke such authorization in writing and we are required to honor and abide by that written request, except to the extent that we have already taken actions relying on that authorization.
Patients have the following rights with respect to their protected health information, which they can exercise by presenting a written request to the Privacy Officer:
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information and to provide patients with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information.
This is notice is effective as of April 14, 2003 and we are required to abide by the terms of the Notice of Privacy Practices currently in effect. We reserve the right to change the terms of our Notice of Privacy Practices and to make the new notice provisions effective for all protected health information that we maintain. We will post and patients may request a written copy of a revised Notice of Privacy Practices from this office.
Patients have recourse if they feel that their privacy protections have been violated. Patients have the right to file written complaint with our office, or with the Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Civil Rights, about violations of the provisions of this notice or the policies and procedures of our office. We will not retaliate against patients for filing a complaint.
Please contact us for more information:
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For more information about HIPAA or to file a complaint, contact:
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Office of Civil Rights
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.D. 20201
Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775