As a patient, you have the right to adequate notice of the uses and disclosures of your protected health information. Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accessibility (HIPAA), AVOC can use your protected health information for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations.
A) Treatment – We may use or disclose your health information to a physician or other healthcare provider providing treatment to you
B) Payment – We may use and disclose your health information to obtain payment for services we provide you
C) Healthcare Operations – We may use an disclose your health information in connection with our healthcare operations
Healthcare operations include quality assessment and improvement activities, reviewing the competency or qualification of healthcare professionals, evaluating provider performance, conducting training programs, accreditation, certification, licensing and credentialing activities.
Most uses and disclosures that don’t fall under treatment, payment, or healthcare operations will require your written authorization. Upon signing, you may revoke your authorization (in writing) through our practice at any time.
In the event of your incapacity or an emergency situation, we will disclose health information to a family member, or another person responsible for your care, using our professional judgement. We will only disclose health information that is directly relevant to the person’s involvement in your healthcare.
We will not use your health information for marketing communication without written authorization.
We may also use or disclose your health information when we are required to do so by law.
We may disclose your health information to appropriate authorities if we reasonable believe that you are a possible victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence or the victim of other crime. We may disclose health information to the extent necessary to avert a serious threat to your safety or other people’s safety.
For National Security we may disclose the health information of Armed Forces personal to military authorities under certain circumstances. We may disclose health information to authorized federal officials required by lawful intelligence, counterintelligence and other national security activities. We may disclose health information of inmates or patients to the appropriate authorities under certain circumstances. We may use or disclose your health information to provide you with appointment reminders via phone, e-mail, postcards, or letter.
You rights as a Patient: You have the right to restrict the disclosure of your protected health information (in writing). The request for restriction may be denied if the information is required for treatment, payment, or healthcare operation. You have the right to receive confidential communications regarding your protective healthcare operations. You have the right to inspect and copy your protected health information. You have the right to amend your protected health information. You have the right to receive an account of disclosures of your protected health information. You have the right to a paper copy of this notice of privacy practice.
Revised: Dec 11, 2011.