NOTICE OF PRIVACY
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
At Orthopaedic Institute, we are committed to treating and using protected health information about you responsibly. This Notice of Health Information Practices describes the personal information we collect, and how and when we use or disclose that information. It also describes your rights as they relate to your protected health information. This notice is effective April 1, 2003 and applies to all protected health information as defined by federal regulations.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR HEALTH RECORD / INFORMATION
Each time you visit Orthopaedic Institute, a record of your visit is made. Typically, this record contains your symptoms, examination and test results, diagnoses, treatment and a plan for future care or treatment. This information, often referred to as your health or medical record, serves as a:
- Basis for planning your care and treatment
- Means of communication among the many health professionals who contribute to your care
- Legal document describing the care you received
- Means by which you or a third-party payer can verify that the services billed were actually provided
- A tool in educating health professionals
- A source of information for public health officials charged with improving the health of this state and the nation
- A source of data for our planning and marketing
- A tool with which we can assess and continually work to improve the care we render and the outcomes we achieve.
Understanding what is in your record and how your health information is used helps you to ensure it’s accuracy, better understand who, what, when, where, and why others may access your health information, and make informed decisions when authorizing disclosure to others.
YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION RIGHTS
Although your health record is the physical property of Orthopaedic Institute, the information belongs to you. You have the right to
- Obtain a paper copy of this notice of practices upon request
- Inspect and copy your health record
- Amend your health record
- Obtain an accounting of disclosures of your health information
- Request a restriction on certain uses and disclosures of your information
- Revoke your authorization to use or disclose health information except to the extent that has already been taken
Orthopaedic Institute is required to
- Maintain the privacy of your health information
- Provide you with this notice as to our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to information we collect and maintain about you
- Abide by the terms of this notice
- Notify you if we are unable to agree to a request restriction
- Accommodate reasonable requests you may have to communicate health information by alternative means or at alternative locations.
We reserve the right to change our practice and to make the new provisions effective for all protected health information we maintain.
We will not use or disclose your health information without your authorization, except as described in this notice. We will also discontinue using or disclosing your health information after we have received a written revocation of the authorization according to to procedures included in the authorization.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REPORT A PROBLEM
If you have questions and would like additional information, you may contact the practice’s Privacy Officer, Natalie Deutsch at 310 542-3472.