THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
THESE ARE FEDERAL REGULATIONS. PLEASE REVIEW THEM CAREFULLY.
PRIVACY OF YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION IS IMPORTANT TO US.
OUR LEGAL DUTY
We are required by applicable federal state law to maintain the privacy of your health information. We are also required to give you this Notice about our privacy practices, our legal duties, and your rights concerning your health information. We must follow the privacy practices that are described in the Notice while it is in effect. This Notice takes effect 1/1/2008, and will remain in effect until we replace it.
We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of the Notice at any time, provided such changes are permitted by applicable law. We reserve the right to make the changes in our privacy practices and the new terms of our Notice effective for all health information that we maintain, including health information we created or received before we made the changes. Before we make a significant change in our privacy practices, we will change the Notice and make the new Notice available upon request. You may request a copy of our Notice at anytime. For more information about our privacy practices, or for additional copies of the Notice, please contact us by using the information listed at the end of this Notice.
USES AND DISCLOSURES OF HEALTH INFORMATION
We use and disclose health information about you for treatment, payment, and health care operations. For example:
Treatment: We may use or disclose your health information to a dentist, physician, or other health care provider providing treatment for you.
Payment: We may use and disclose your health information to obtain payment for services we provide for you.
Health care Operations: We may use and disclose your health information in connection with our health care operations. Health care operations include quality assessment and improvement activities, reviewing the competence or qualifications of health care professionals, evaluating practitioner and provider performance, conducting training programs, accreditation, certification, licensing or credentialing activities.
Your Authorization: In addition to our use of your health information for treatment, payment or health care operations, you may give us written authorizations to use your health information or to disclose it to anyone for any purpose. If you give us an authorization, you may revoke it in writing at anytime. Your revocation will not affect any use or disclosures permitted by your authorization while it was in effect. Unless you give us a written authorization, we cannot use or disclose your health information for any reason except those described in the Notice.
To Your Family and Friends: We must disclose your health information to you, as described in the Patient Rights section of the Notice. We may disclose your health information to a family member, friend, or other person to the extent necessary to help with your health care or with payment for your health care, but only if you agree that we may do so.
Persons Involved In Care: We may disclose health information to notify, or assist in the notification of (including identifying or locating) a family member, your personal representative or another person responsible for your care, of your location, your general condition, or death. If you are present, then prior to use or disclosure of your health information, we will provide you with an opportunity to object to such uses or disclosures. In the event of your incapacity or emergency circumstances, we will disclose health information based on a determination using our professional judgment disclosing only health information that is directly relevant to the person?s involvement in your health care. We will also use our professional judgment and our experience with common practice to make reasonable inferences of your best interest in allowing a person to pick up fill prescriptions, medical supplies, x-rays, other similar forms of health information.
Marketing Health-Related Services: We will not use your health information for marketing communications.
Required by Law: We may use or disclose your health information when we are required to do so by law.
Appointment Reminders: We may use or disclose your health information to provide you with appointment reminders (such as voice mail messages, postcards, or letters).
Access: Your have the right to look at or get copies of your health information, with limited exceptions. (You must make a request in writing to obtain access to your health information. You may also request access by sending us a letter to the address at the end of this Notice. If you request copies, we will charge you for the most recent and pertinent radiographs or for a copy of the complete chart for staff time to locate and copy your health information, and postage if you want the copies mailed to you).
Restriction: 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).
Alternative Communication: 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.
QUESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS
If you want more information about our privacy practices or have questions or concerns, please contact us.
If you are concerned that we may have violated your privacy rights, or you disagree with a decision we made about access to your health information or in response to a request you made to amend or restrict the use of disclosure of your health information or to have us communicate with you by alternative means or at alternative locations, you may complain to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.