THIS NOTICE IS EFFECTIVE 11-16-03 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Right to Notice
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 Act (HIPPA),Dr Steve Ratty can use your protected health information for treatment, payment and health care 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 to you.
c)Health care operations-We may use and disclose your health information in connection with our healthcare operations. Healthcare operations include quality assessment and improvement activities, reviewing the competency or qualifications of healthcare professionals, evaluating provider performance,conducting training programs, accreditation, certification, listening or credentialing activities.
Most uses and disclosures that do not fall under treatment, playment, health care 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 emergence 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 persons involvement in your healthcare.