NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES

This notice describes how and why your health information may be used and how you can gain access to this information. Please review the information carefully.

(If there are any areas which you might need more clarification on please do not hesitate to ask.)

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Why A Privacy Policy Now?

 

The most significant variable which motivated the Federal government to legally enforce the privacy of health information is the rapid evolution of electronic technology in the health care business. The government has sought to standardize and protect the electronic exchange of your health information. This has challenged us to review how your information is used within our computers, on the Internet, as well as phones, fax machines, and any device used to copy or transfer patient data. We want to advise you that we have developed policies and procedures for our practice to insure your personal health information will be shared only as required for the purpose of administering your care. Our office is subject to State and Federal laws regarding the confidentiality of your health information. We also want you to understand our procedures and your rights as a valued patient. Your health information will be communicated only for the purpose of conducting health care business. Be assured that without your written permission, your health information will not be used for any other purpose.


Why Your Health Information May Be Used To Provide Treatment:

Within our office, your health information will be used to provide you the best care and services possible. This may include administrative and clinical procedures designed to optimize scheduling and coordination between you and office personnel. In addition, we may share this information with referring physicians, clinical radiological laboratories, or other health professionals providing treatment. Here are some of the reasons we may need to share information.


In Patient Reminders

Because we believe your health goals are very important to your overall care and treatment plan, 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 and your family. These communications are an important part of our philosophy, which is to partner with our patients to see they receive the best chiropractic care we can provide. This may include postcards, newsletters, flyers, and telephone or electronic reminders such as e-mail. (Please tell us if you prefer not to receive these types of reminders or notifications).


To Obtain Payment

Your health information may be included with an invoice in order to collect payment for the services provided to you in this office. We may do this with insurance forms filed for you electronically or by mail. We will make every effort to work with companies with a similar commitment to the security of your health information.


Public Health and National Security

We may be required to disclose necessary health information to Federal officials or military authorities in order to complete investigations related to public health and or national security.

 

 


For Law Enforcement

 

As permitted or required by State and Federal law, we may disclose your health information under certain circumstances to proper authorities for the purpose of law enforcement. This may take place if you are a victim of a crime, or in order to report a suspected crime.


Family and/or Care Givers

We may share your health information with those that assist you with your home hygiene, care, treatment, or payment. We will be certain to obtain your permission prior to sharing your information. In the event of an emergency, if you are unable to communicate your wishes, we will use our very best judgment when sharing your health information with anyone participating in your care.


Authorization to Use or Disclose Health Information

Other than the information stated above, or information that Federal, State, and Local laws require, we will not disclose your health information without your written authorization.