THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
Uses and Disclosures
Treatment. Your health information may be used by staff members or disclosed to other health care professionals for the purpose of evaluating your health, diagnosing medical conditions, and providing treatment. For example, the physician in this practice is a specialist. When we provide treatment we may request that your primary care physician or other specialists share your medical information with us. Also, we may provide your primary care physician and other specialists with information about your particular condition so that he or she can appropriately treat you for other medical conditions, if any. In addition, results of laboratory tests and procedures will be available in your medical record to all health professionals who may provide treatment or who may be consulted by staff members.
Payment. Your health information may be used to seek payment from your health plan, from other sources of coverage such as an automobile insurer, or from credit card companies that you may use to pay for services. For example, your health plan may request and receive information on dates of service, the services provided, and the medical condition being treated.
Health care operations. Your health information may be used as necessary to support the day-to-day activities and management of our practice. For example, information on the services you received may be used to support budgeting and financial reporting, and activities to evaluate and promote quality.
Law enforcement. Your health information may be disclosed to law enforcement agencies to support government audits and inspections, to facilitate law-enforcement investigations, and to comply with government mandated reporting.
Public health reporting. Your health information may be disclosed to public health agencies as required by law. For example, we are required to report certain communicable diseases to the state's public health department.
Other uses and disclosures require your authorization. Disclosure of your health information or its use for any purpose other than those listed above requires your specific written authorization. If you change your mind after authorizing a use or disclosure of your information you may submit a written revocation of the authorization. However, your decision to revoke the authorization will not affect or undo any use or disclosure of information that occurred before you notified us of your decision to revoke your authorization.
Additional Uses of Information
Appointment Reminders. Your health information will be used by our staff to send you appointment reminders via the telephone, electronic mail and/or the US mail.
Information about treatments. Your health information may be used to send you information that you may find interesting on the treatment and management of your medical condition.. We may also send you information describing other health-related products and services that we believe may interest you.
You have certain rights under the federal privacy standards. These include:
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your protected health information and to provide you with this notice of privacy practices.
We also are required to abide by the privacy policies and practices that are outlined in this notice.
Right to Revise Privacy Practices
As permitted by law, we reserve the right to amend or modify our privacy policies and practices. These changes in our policies and practices may be required by changes in federal and state laws and regulations. Upon request, we will provide you with the most recently revised notice on any office visit. The revised policies and practices will be applied to all protected health information we maintain.
Requests to Inspect Protected Health Information
You may generally inspect or copy the protected health information that we maintain. As permitted by federal regulation, we require that requests to inspect or copy protected health information be submitted in writing. You may obtain a form to request access to your records by contacting the receptionist or the Privacy Officer. Your request will be reviewed and will generally be approved unless there are legal or medical reasons to deny the request. You will be charged a fee as limited by The Texas State Board of Medical Examiners for the copy of your records.
If you would like to submit a comment or complaint about our privacy practices, you can contact the Privacy Officer at the address shown below. If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you should call the matter to our attention by sending a letter describing the cause of your concern to the address shown below. You will not be penalized or otherwise retaliated against for filing a complaint.
You may also send a letter outlining your concerns to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The name and address of the person you can contact for further information concerning our privacy practices is:
This Notice is effective on or after April 14, 2003.