This notice describes how medica! information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can obtain access to this information. Please review it carefully.Introduction
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of "protected health information." "Protected health information" includes any identifiable information that we obtain from you or others that relates to your physical or mental health, the health care you have received, or payment for your health care.
As required by law, this notice provides you with information about your rights and our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to the privacy of protected health information. This notice also discusses the uses and disclosures we will make of your protected health information. We mList comply with the provisions of this notice, although we reserve the right to change the terms of this notice from time to time and to make the revised notice effective for all protected Ilealth information we maintain. You can always request a copy of our most current privacy notice from Ollr office.Permitted Uses and Disclosures
We can use or disclose your protected health information for purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations.
- Treatment means the provision, coordination or management of your health care, Including consultations between health care providers regarding your care and referrals for health care from one health care provider to another. For example, a doctor treating YOll for a broken leg may need to know if you have diabetes because diabetes may slow the healing process. Therefore, the doctor may review your medical records to assess whether you have potentially complicating conditions like diabetes,
- Payment means activities we undertake to obtain reimbursement for the health care provided to you, including determinations of eligibility and coverage and other utilization review activities. For example, prior to providing health care services, we may need to provide to your insurance carrier (or other third party payor) information about your medical condition to determine whether the proposed course of treatment will be covered. When we subsequently bill the carrier or other third party payor for the services rendered to you, we can provide the carrier or other third party payor with information regarding your care if necessary to obtain payment.
- Health Care Operations mean the support functions of our practice related to treatment and payment, such as quality assurance activities, case management, receiving and responding to patient complaints, physician reviews, compliance programs, audits, business planning, development, management and administrative activities. For example, we may use your medical information to evaluate the performance of our staff in caring for you, We may also combine medical information about many patients to decide what services are not needed, and whether certain new treatments are effective,
Disclosures Related To Communications With You Or Your Family
We may contact you to provide apPOintment reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you or relate speCifically to your medical care through our office, For example, we may leave appointment reminders on your answering machine or with a family member or other person who may answer the telephone at the number that you have given us in order to contact you.
We may disclose your protected health information to your family or friends or any other individual identified by you when they are involved in your care or the payment for your care. We will only disclose the protected health information directly relevant to their