of protected health information has been identified as a national problem
causing some patients inconvenience, aggravation and money. We want you to know
that all of our employees/managers periodically receive training to assist them
in understanding and complying with the government rules and regulations
regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) with a
particular emphasis on the “Privacy Rule.” We strive to achieve the highest
standards of ethics and integrity in performing services for our patients.
When it is
appropriate and necessary, we provide the minimum necessary information to only
those we feel are in need of your health care information. Other entities may
have indirect treatment relationships with you (such as the physician reading
your x-ray) and we may have to disclose personal health information for purposes
of treatment or payment. These entities are most often not required to obtain
refuse, in writing, the consent to the use or disclosure of your personal health
information. Under this law, we then have the right to refuse to treat you
should you refuse to disclose your personal health information. At any time in
the future you may request to refuse all or part of disclosure of your personal
health information. However, you may not revoke actions that have already been
taken which relied on this or previously signed consent.
It is our
policy to determine appropriate uses of personal health information in
accordance with the government rules, laws and regulations. We want to ensure
that our office never contributes in any way to the growing problem of improper
disclosure of personal health information. We have implemented a program we
believe will help prevent any such inappropriate use of personal health
know that we are not perfect. Because of this fact, our policy is to
listen to our patients and employees regarding any event they feel may
compromise our policy of integrity. Moreover, we welcome your input
regarding any service problem so that we may remedy the situation promptly.
If you have any questions, please speak to our Privacy Officer. Thank you for your
continued confidence in our care.