To Our Valued Patient:
The misuse of Personal Health Information (PHI) has been identified as a national problem causing inconvenience, aggravation, and money. We want you to know that all of our employees, managers, and doctors continually undergo training so that they may understand and comply with government rules and regulations regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) with particular emphasis on the "Privacy Rule." We strive to achieve the very highest standards of ethics and integrity when performing services to our patients.
It is our policy to properly determine appropriate use of PHI in accordance with the governmental rules, laws, and regulations. We want to ensure that our practice never contributes in any way to the growing problem of improper disclosure of PHI. As part of this plan, we have implemented a Compliance Program that we believe will help us prevent any inappropriate use of PHI.
We realize there is always room for improvement! It is our policy to listen to our employees and our patients. If you feel your privacy has been compromised in any way, please ask to speak with our compliance office or express your concern to your physician.
Please read the following "Notice of Privacy". After reading, sign and return this form to the receptionist. If you have any questions, please ask. Thank you.
NOTICE OF PRIVACY
The department of Health and Human Services has established a "Privacy Rule" to help insure that personal health information (PHI) is protected for privacy. The Privacy Rule provides standards for health care providers to follow when disclosing patient health information that is needed to carry out proper treatment, payment, or health care operations.
As our patient we want you to know that we respect the privacy of your personal medical records and will do all we can to secure and protect that privacy. We strive to always take reasonable precautions to protect your privacy. When it is appropriate and necessary, we provide the minimum amount of necessary information to only those we feel are in need of your health care information. We strive to provide the best health care that is in your best interest.
We also want you to know that we support your full access to your personal medical records. If you want to request restrictions pertaining to parties you do not want PHI released to please tell our compliance officer and it will be documented in your chart. You will be asked to authorize release of PHI to any party that is directly connected to your treatment, payment, or health care operations.