Privacy Policy

This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.

Our office is permitted by federal privacy laws to make uses and disclosures of your health information for purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations. Protected health information (PHI) is the information we create and obtain in providing our services to you. Such information may include documenting your symptoms, examination, and test results, diagnoses, treatment, and applying for future care or treatment. It also includes billing documents for those services.

Examples of Uses of Your Health Information for Treatment Purposes are:

Example of Use of Your Health Information for Payment Purposes:

We submit requests for payment to your health insurance company. The health insurance company (or other business associate helping us obtain payment) requests information from us regarding medical care given. We will provide PHI to them about you and the care given.

Example of Use of Your Information for Health Care Operations:

We may use or disclose your PHI to evaluate the quality of care you received from us, or evaluate the performance of those involved in your care. We may also provide PHI to our attorneys, accountants or other consultants to make sure we are complying with the laws that affect us.

Your Health Information Rights

The health and billing records we maintain are the physical property of the office. The information in it, however, belongs to you. You have a right to:

Our Responsibilities

The Office is required to:

We reserve the right to amend, change or eliminate provisions in our privacy practices and access practices, and to enact new provisions regarding the protected health information we maintain. If our information practices change, we will amend our Notice. You are entitled to receive a revised copy of the Notice by calling and requesting a copy of our "Notice" or by visiting our office and picking up a copy.

Other Disclosures and Uses

Communication with Family

Using our best judgment, we may disclose to a family member, other relative, close personal friend, or any other person you identify, health information relevant to that person's involvement in your care or in payment for such care if you do not object or in an emergency.

Medical Photographs

We may maintain in our files medical photographs. We may disclose medical photographs for diagnostic purposes and/or continuity of care. We may disclose medical photographs in order to obtain insurance payment.


We may disclose information to researchers when an institutional review board that has reviewed the research proposal and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your protected health information has approved their research.

Public Health and Government Requests

If you consent, the law allows us to disclose PHI without your further written authorization in the following circumstances:

Other Uses

Other uses and disclosures, besides those identified in this Notice, will be made only as otherwise required by law or with your written authorization and you may revoke the authorization as previously provided in this Notice under "Your Health Information Rights."


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