NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
This practice is required, by law, to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of your protected health information and to provide our patients with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your protected health information. A downloadable PDF copy of the privacy practices is available for download here.
Disclosure of your Health Care Information
- We may disclose your health care information to other health care professions with our practice for the purpose of treatment, payment or health care operations.
- We may disclose your health information to your insurance provider for the purpose of payment or health care operations.
- We may disclose your health care information as necessary to comply with State Workers’ Compensation Laws.
- We may disclose your health information to notify or assist in notifying a family member, or another person responsible for your care, about your medical condition or in the event of an emergency or of your death.
- As required by law we may disclose your health information to public health authorities for purposes related to: preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability, reporting child abuse or neglect, reporting domestic violence, reporting to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) problems with products and reactions to medications and reporting disease or infection exposure.
- We may disclose your health information in the course of any administrative or judicial proceeding.
- We may disclose your health information to a law enforcement official for purposes such as identifying or locating a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person, complying with a court order or subpoena and other law enforcement purposes.
- We may disclose your health information to coroners or medical examiners.
- We may disclose your health information to organizations involved in procuring, banking or transplanting organs and tissue.
- We may disclose your health information to researchers conducting research that has been approved by an Institutional Review Board.
- It may be necessary to disclose your health information to appropriate persons in order to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a particular person or to the general public.
- We may disclose your health information for military, national security, prisoner and government benefit purposes.
- We may contact you for the purpose of making an appointement or to remind you of an existing appointment. If you are not at home we may leave a reminder message on your answering machine or voice mail or with a person answering the phone. No personal health information will be disclosed during this recording other than the date and time of your scheduled appointment or a request to call us so that an appointment can be made.
- In the event that this practice is sold or merged with another organization, your health information/records will become property of the new owner.
Your Health Information Rights
- You have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your health information. Please be advised, however, that this practice is not required to agree to the restriction that you requested.
- You have the right to have your health information received or communicated through an alternative method or sent to an alternative location other than the usual method of communication or delivery, upon your request.
- You have the right to inspect and copy your health information.
- You have a right to request that this practice amend your protected health information. Please be advised, however, that this practice is not required to agree to amend your protected health information. If your request to amend your health information has been denied, you will be provided with an explanation of our denial reason(s) and information about how you can disagree with the denial.
- You have the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of your protected health information made by this practice.
- You have a right to a paper copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices at any time upon request.
Changes to this Notice of Privacy Practices
This practice reserves the right to amend this Notice of Privacy at any time in the future, and will make the new provisions effective for all information that it maintains. Until such amendment is made this practice is required by law to comply with this notice.
This practice is required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information and to provide
you with a notice of its legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health
information. If you have questions about any part of this notice or if you want more information about your privacy rights, please contact our Privacy Officer by calling this office.
Complaints about your privacy rights, or how this practice has handled your health information should be directed to our Privacy Officer by calling this office. If you are not satisfied with the manner in which this office handles your complaint you may submit a formal complaint to:
DHHS, Office of Civil Rights, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 509F HHH Building, Washington, DC 20201
This notice is effective as of the date shown below. I have read the Privacy Notice and understand my rights contained in this notice. By way of my signature, I provide this practice with my authorization and consent to use and disclose my protected health care information for the purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations as described in the Privacy Notice.