Notice of Privacy Practices
Notice of Privacy Practices
This notice describes how health information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully. If you have any questions about this Notice, please contact our Privacy Officer.
This Notice of privacy Practices describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information to carry out treatment, payment, or health care operations and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information. We are required by Federal law to give you this Notice and to maintain the privacy of your health information. We must also abide by the terms of the Notice while it is in effect. We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this Notice at any time. Before we make significant changes in our privacy practices, we will change this Notice and make the new Notice available upon request.
Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information
You will be asked to sign and Acknowledgement Of Receipt Of Notice Of Privacy Practices. Once you have received our Notice of Privacy Practices disclosure of your protected health information will be used for treatment, payment, and health care operations. Your protected health information may be used and disclosed by our office staff and others outside of our office that are involved in your care and treatment for the purpose of providing health care services to you. Your protected health information may also be used and disclosed to pay your health care bills and to support the operation of our practice. Following are examples of the types of uses and disclosures of your protected health care information that our office is permitted to make.
Treatment: We will use and disclose your protected health information to other dentists and physicians to provide, coordinate, or manage your health care. For example, your protected health information may be provided to another dentist to whom you have been referred to ensure that the necessary information is available to diagnose or treat you. In addition, we may disclose your health information at times to a dental laboratory or specialist.
Payment: Your protected health information will be used to obtain payment for services we provide to you. This may include certain activities that your insurance plan may undertake before it approves or pays for the services we recommend.
Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose your protected health information in order to support the business activities of our practice. These activities include, but are not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, licensing, credentialing activities, conduction training, and conducting other business activities. For example, we may use a sign-in sheet at the registration desk where you will be asked to sign your name and indicate you appointment time. We may also call you by name in the waiting room when the doctor is ready to see you. We may use or disclose your protected health information to contact you to remind you of your appointment. We may send your information about treatment alternative or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you. We may also use your name to send you a newsletter about our practice and the services we offer. We may also send you information about products or services that we believe may be beneficial to you. You may contact our Privacy Officer to request that these materials not be sent to you.
Business Associates: We will share your protected health information with third party Business Associates that perform various activities (billing or laboratory services) for the practice. Whenever an arrangement between our office and a business associate involves the use of disclosure of your protected health information, we will have a written contract that contains terms that will protect the privacy of your protected health information.
Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information Base Upon Your Written Authorization
Other uses and disclosures of your protected health information will be made only with your written authorization, unless otherwise permitted or required by law as described below. You may revoke this authorization, at any time, in writing, except to the extent that our practice has already taken an action as provided for the authorization.
Disclosures That May Be Made With Your Consent, Authorization or Opportunity to Object
We may use and disclose your protected health information in the following instances. You have the opportunity to agree or object to the use or disclosure of all or part of your protected health information. If you are not present or able to agree or object to the use or disclosure of the protected health information, then we may, using professional judgement and common practice, determine whether the disclosure is in your best interest. In this case, only the protected health information that is relevant to your health care will be disclosed.
Family and Friends: Unless you object, we may disclose to you family member, a relative, a close friend, or any other person you identify, your protected health information to the extent necessary to help with your healthcare or with payment for your healthcare. We will also use our professional judgement and common practice to make reasonable decisions in your best interest in allowing a person to pick up dental supplies, w-rays, prescriptions or other similar forms of health information.
Required By Law: We may use or disclose your protected health information when we are required to do so by law.
Emergencies: We may use or disclose your protected health information in an emergency treatment situation. If this happens, we will try to obtain your signature on the Acknowledgement Of Receipt Of Notice Of Privacy Practices as soon as reasonably practicable after the delivery of treatment. In the even of your incapacity or an emergency, we will disclose health information based on a determination using our professional judgment disclosing only health information that is directly relevant to the personís involvement in your health care.
Abuse or Neglect: We may disclose your health information to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a possible victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence or the possible victim of other crimes. We may disclose your health information to the extent necessary to avert a serious threat to your health or safety or the health and safety of others.
Military Personnel and National Security: we may disclose to military authorities of Armed Forces personnel under certain circumstances. We may disclose to authorized federal officials health information required for lawful intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities. We may disclose to correctional institutions or law enforcement officials having lawful custody, the protected health information of inmates or patients under certain circumstances.
Required Uses and Disclosures: Under the law, we must make disclosures to you and when required by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate or determine our compliance.
You have the right to inspect and copy your protected health information. You have the right to look at or get copies of your health information, with limited exceptions. You may request that we provide copies in a format other than photocopies. We will use the format you request unless we cannot practically do so. You must make the request in writing to obtain access to your health information. You may obtain access by sending us a letter using the contact information listed at the beginning of this Notice. We will charge you a reasonable cost-based fee for expenses. If you prefer, we will prepare a summary or an explanation of your health information for a fee.
You have the right to request a restriction of your protected health insurance. You have the right to request that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your health information. We are not required to agree to these additional restrictions, but if we do, we will abide by our agreement, except in an emergency.
You have the right to request alternative communication from us. You have the right to request that we communicate with you about your health information by alternative means or to alternative locations. You must make your request in writing. Your request must specify the alternative means or location, and provide satisfactory explanation how payments will be handled under the alternative means or location you request.
You have the right to request an amendment to your health information. You have the right to request that we amend or correct your health information. Your request must be in writing. The request must explain why the information should be amended or corrected. We may deny your request under certain circumstances.
You have the right to receive an accounting of disclosures we have made of your health information. This right applies to disclosure for purposes other than treatment, payment, or healthcare operations as described in the Notice. It excludes disclosures we may have made to you, to family members or friends involved in your care, or for notification purposes. You have the right to receive specific information regarding these disclosures that occurred after August 20, 2009. The right to receive this information is subject to certain exceptions and limitations. If you request this accounting more that once in a 12 month period, we may charge you a reasonable, cost based fee for responding to these additional requests.
You have the right to make a complaint about our privacy policies. If you are concerned that we have violated your privacy rights, you may file a complaint without Privacy Officer using the contact information listed at the bottom of this page. You may also file a written complaint the Department of Health and Human Services. We will provide you with their address upon request. We will not retaliate against you for making a complaint to either our offices or the Department of Health and Human Services.
You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this notice from us, upon request, even if you have agreed to accept this notice electronically.
Effective Date: August 20, 2009 Privacy Officer: Kathleen Perkins
Telephone: 623-561-8700 Email: email@example.com
Print Name: __________________________________
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