Protecting Your Confidential Health Information is Important to Us
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.
We want you to know about the policies and procedures which we developed to make sure your health information will not be shared with anyone who does not require it.
Our office is subject to State and Federal law regarding the confidentiality of your health information and in keeping with these laws, we want you to understand our procedures and your rights as our valuable patient.
We will use and communicate your HEALTH INFORMATION only for the purposes of providing your treatment, obtaining payment and conducting health care operations. Your health information will not be used for other purposes unless we have asked for and been voluntarily given your written permission.
HOW YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION MAY BE USED
To Provide Treatment
We will use your HEALTH INFORMATION within our office to provide you with the best care possible. This may include administrative and clinical office procedures designed to optimize scheduling and coordination of care between hygienist, dental assistant, dentist, and business office staff. In addition, we may share your health information with physicians, referring dentists, clinical and dental laboratories, pharmacies or other health care personnel providing treatment.
To Obtain Payment
We may include your health information with an invoice used to collect payment for treatment you receive in our office. We may do this with insurance forms filed for you in the mail or sent electronically. We will be sure to only work with companies with a similar commitment to the security of your health information.
To Conduct Health Care Operations
Your health information may be used during performance evaluations of our staff. Some of our best teaching opportunities use clinical situations, experienced by patients receiving care at our office. As a result, health information may be included in training programs for students, interns, associates, and business and clinical employees. It is also possible that health information will be disclosed during audits by insurance companies or government appointed agencies as part of their quality assurance and compliance reviews. Your health information may be reviewed during the routine processes of certification, licensing or credentialing activities.
In Patient Reminders
Because regular care is very important in your treatment, we will remind you of a scheduled appointment or that it is time for you to contact us and make an appointment.
Additionally, we may contact you to follow up on your care and inform you of treatment options or services that may be of interest to you. These communications are an important part of our philosophy of partnering with our patients to ensure they receive the best quality care.
Abuse or Neglect
We will notify government authorities if we believe a patient is the victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence. We will make this disclosure only when we are compelled by our ethical judgment, when we believe we are specifically required or authorized by law or with the patient's agreement.
Public Health and National Security
We may be required to disclose Federal officials or military authorities' health information necessary to complete an investigation related to public health or national security. Health information could be important when the government believes that the public safety could benefit when the information could lead to the control or prevention of an epidemic or the understanding of new side effects of a drug treatment or medial device.
For Law Enforcement
As permitted or required by State or Federal law, we may disclose your health information to a law enforcement official for certain law enforcement purposes, including, under certain limited circumstances, if you are a victim of a crime or in order to report a crime.
Family, Friends and Caregivers
We may share your health information with those you tell us will be helping you with your treatment, medications or payments. We will be sure to ask your permission first. In the case of an emergency, where you are unable to tell us what you want we will use our very best judgment when sharing your health information only when it will be important to those participating in providing care.
Authorization to Use or Disclose Health Information
Other than is stated above or where Federal, State or Local law requires us, we will not disclose your health information other than with your written authorization. You may revoke that authorization in writing at any time.
This new law is careful to describe that you have the following rights related to your health information.
Your request may be denied if the health information record in question was not created by our office, is not part of our records or if the records containing your health information are determined to be accurate and complete.