Our office respects the privacy of personal information and understands the importance of keeping this information confiden tial and secure. This notice describes our policy practices with respect to your health and information. Our privacy practices apply to current and former patients.
Types of Personal and Health Information We Collect
We collect a variety of personal health information when delivering health care. You provide some of this information, when you initially come into the office (such as address, Social Security Number, and health history). We also receive additional personal and health information (such as eligibility) through our transaction with employers, insurance companies, and other health care providers. We limit the collection of personal information to that which is necessary to administer our business, provide quality service and meet regulatory requirements.
How We Protect Personal and Health Information
We treat personal and health information securely and confidentially. We limit access to personal information only to those persons who need to know that information to provide services to patients (for example, our billing clerks and medical assistants). These persons are trained on the importance of safeguarding this information and must comply with our procedures and applicable laws. We meet physical, electronic and procedural security standards to protect personal and health information and maintain internal procedures to promote the integrity and accuracy of that information.
Disclosure of Personal and Health Information
We may share any of the personal and health information we collect (as described above) with our associates as permitted by law. We may also disclose this information to non-associated entities or individuals as permitted or required by law. Non-associates with whom we may disclose information as permitted by law include our attorneys, accountants and auditors, a patient’s authorized representative, other health care providers, public health authorities, coroners, medical examiners, funeral directors, organ donation organizations, Institutional Review Boards for research purposes, third party administrators, insurers, and law enforcement or regulatory authorities. We may also disclose any of the personal and health information we collect (as described above) in order to provide appointment reminders or to give you information about other treatments or health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you. In addition, in the event that this office is sold or merged with another office, your personal and health information will become the property of the new owner. We do not disclose personal or health information to any other third party with out a patient’s request or authorization.
Individual Rights to Access and Correct Personal and Health Information
We have procedures for a patient to access the personal and health information we collect, and other than information we collect in connection with or in anticipation of, a lawsuit or legal claim, we will make this information available to the patient upon written request. Our goal is to keep our patient information up-to-date and to correct inaccurate information. We have procedures in place to ensure the integrity of our information and for the timely correction of incorrect information. If you believe that any personal or health information we have about you is not accruate, please let us know by contacting our Office Manager.
The practice reserves the right to amend this Notice of Privacy Practices at any time in the future. Until such amendment is made, the practice is required by law to comply with this notice.