NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICESThis Notice describes how medical 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 the OFFICE MANAGER. We are required by law to maintain the privacy of our patients’ health information and to provide you with this Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information. Protected health information consists of information about you – including demographic information – that may identify you and that relates to your past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition and related health care services.
1 USES AND DISCLOSURES OF PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATIONUses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information for Treatment, Payment, or Operations Your protected health information may be used by your doctor for treatment, payment, and health care operations as described here without authorization from you. It may be used and disclosed by your doctor, the office staff, and others outside our office who are involved in your care and treatment for the purpose of providing health care services to you and to pay your health care bills, which are used to support the operation of the doctor’s practice. The following are examples of ways in which your protected healthcare information may be used by your doctor and the office staff without your specific authorization. Please note that these examples are not meant to be exhaustive, only to describe the types of uses and disclosures that can possibly be made by our office.
- Treatment: Your protected healthcare information may be used and disclosed to provide, coordinate, or manage your health care and any related services, including services rendered from another doctor, consultation with another doctor, or the management of your health care with a third party.
- Payment: Your information may be used, as needed, to obtain or provide payment for your medical services. This includes disclosures to other entities, such as in the case that your health insurance plan may undertake certain activities (for example, making a determination of eligibility or coverage for benefits, reviewing services provided, and undertaking utilization review activities) before it approves or pays for services recommended to you.
- Operations: Your protected health information may be disclosed or used, as needed, to support the business activities of your doctor’s practice. These activities include – but are not limited to – quality assessment and improvement activities; reviewing the competence or qualifications of professionals; business planning and development; and conducting or arranging for other business activities.