The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides safeguards to protect your policy. Implementation of HIPAA requirements officially began on April 14th 2003. Many of the policies have been our practice for years. This form is a “friendly” version. Amore complete text is posted in office.
What this is all about: Specifically, there are rules and restrictions on who may see or be notified of your Protected Health Information (PHI). These restrictions do not include the normal interchange of information necessary to provide you with office services. HIPAA provides certain rights and protections to you as the patient. We balance these needs with our goal of providing you with quality professional service and care. Additional information is available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.hhs.gov
We have adopted the following policies:
1. Patient information will be kept confidential except as is necessary to provide services or to
ensure that all administrative matters related to your care are handled appropriately. This
specifically includes the sharing of information with other healthcare providers, laboratories,
Health insurance payers as are necessary and appropriate for your care. Patient files may be
stored in open file racks and will not contain any coding which identifies a patient's
condition or information which is not already a matter of public record. The normal course
of providing care means that such records may be left, at least temporarily, in administrative
areas such as the front office, examination room, etc. Those records will not be available to
persons other than staff. You agree to the normal procedures utilized within the office for
the handling of charts, patient records, PHI and other documents or information.
2. It is the policy of this office to remind patients of their appointments. We may do this by
telephone, email, U.S. mail, or by any means convenient for the practice and or as requested
by you. We may send you other communications informing you of changes to office policy and new technology that you may find valuable or informative.
3. The practice utilizes a number of vendors in conduct of business. These vendors may have access to PHI but must agree to abide by the confidentiality rules of HIPAA.
4. You understand and agree to inspections of the office and review of documents, which may include PHI by government agencies or insurance payers in normal performance of their duties.
5. You agree to bring any concerns or complaints regarding privacy to the attention of the office manager or doctor.
6. Your confidential information will not be used for the purposes of marketing or advertising of products, goods, or services.
7. We agree to provide patients with access to their records in accordance with state and federal laws.
8. We may change, add, delete or modify any of these provisions to better serve the needs of both the practice and the patient.
9. You have the right to request restrictions in the use of your protected health information and to request change in certain policies used within the office concerning your PHI. However, we are not obligated to alter internal policies to conform your request.
I do hereby consent and acknowledge my agreement to the terms set forth in the HIPAA Information Form and any subsequent changes of office policy. I understand that this consent shall remain in force from this time forward.