Your privacy matters to us. The confidentiality of your health information is protected under a set of federal laws known as HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
We don’t ever want you to delay treatment because you’re afraid that your personal health history might be disclosed to others outside our office. Know that we do all that we can to keep your information secure. We share it with others only when absolutely necessary to provide treatment, receive payment or otherwise serve your healthcare needs. Moreover, we share it only when – and with whom – you say we can.
This is why, at your first visit, we ask you to sign a form that tells us your privacy preferences. Any permission you give can be revoked or modified at any time by letting us know in writing.
How Your Health Information May Be Used
To provide you with the best dental care possible
This includes sharing information to coordinate your care among our office staff, as well as with any labs, pharmacies or other healthcare personnel involved in treating you.
To receive payment for treatment
This includes sharing necessary information with your insurance company, such as the information on claims forms mailed or sent electronically.
To improve the quality of our care
This includes use of your health information during performance evaluations and the training of others to provide the optimal biological care we aim to provide. Your information also may be reviewed during the routine processes of certification, licensing or credentialing, or disclosed during insurance or government audits as part of quality assurance and compliance reviews.
To help those who help you
We may share your health information with those you tell us will be helping you with your home hygiene, treatment, medications or payment.
Required reporting to law enforcement
If we believe a patient is the victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence, we will notify the relevant authorities, as required by law or with the patient’s agreement. As allowed or required by law, we may disclose your health information to law enforcement officials when it is necessary to their responsibilities, such as reporting a crime.
Public health and national security
If public health or national security are at risk, we may, as required, disclose health information to federal or military authorities if it is believed such information will protect the general public.
We reserve the right to change the terms of this Notice. If we do change our privacy practices, all patients will be notified in writing.
If you have any questions or concerns about the privacy of your health information, just ask.