Partners in Internal Medicine
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
Effective Date of Notice: April 14, 2003
Revision Date: November 3, 2005
Partners in Internal Medicine takes the privacy of your health information seriously and is committed to protecting your medical information. We are required by law to maintain privacy and to provide you with this Notice of Privacy Practices. This Notice is provided to inform you about our duties and practices with respect to your information. This Notice applies to all the records of your care generated by this office, whether made by your personal physician or one of the office's employees. This Notice describes how we protect your health information and what rights you have regarding your medical information.
HOW WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION:
The most common reason why we use or disclose your health information is for treatment, payment or health care operations. The following describes the different ways that your medical information may be used or disclosed by this office. For clarification we have included some examples. Not every possible use or disclosure is specifically mentioned. However, all of the ways we are permitted to use and disclose your medical information will fit within one of these general categories:
- Treatment - We may use health information about you to provide you with treatment, health care or other related services. We may disclose your health information (office, notes, testing, etc.) to doctors, nurses, aids, technicians or employees of Partners In Internal Medicine who are involved in taking care of you. Additionally, we may use or disclose your health information pertinent to your medical condition to manage or coordinate your treatment and/or to assist in diagnosis.
- Payment - We may use and disclose your health information to bill and collect for the treatment and services we provide to you. We may send your health information to an insurance company or other third party for payment purposes. For example, we may need to give your health information regarding treatment you received here so your health plan will pay us or reimburse for the treatment. We may also tell your health plan about a treatment you are going to receive to obtain prior approval or to determine whether your plan will cover the treatment. In addition, we may need to provide information to a Collection Agency or Attorney in order to collect unpaid amounts.
- Health Care Operations - We may use and disclose your health information for health care operations. These uses and disclosures are necessary to run our office and to make sure you receive competent, quality health care, as well as maintain and improve the quality of health care we provide. For example, we may use medical information to review our treatment and services in addition to evaluating the performance of our staff in caring for you. We may also combine medical information about many of our patients to decide what additional services the office should offer, what services are not needed, and whether certain new treatments are effective. Other examples of how we may use or disclose your health information for health care operations are: financial, billing audits, internal quality assurance, personnel decisions, participation in manage care plans, defense of legal matters, business planning and outsider storage of our records. We may also disclose information to doctors, nurses, technicians, and other office personnel for review and learning purposes. We may remove information that identifies you from this set of medical information so others may use it to study health care and health care delivery without learning the identity of specific patients. We will also disclose your health information when required to do so by federal, state or local law.
- For Public Health Purposes - We may disclose your health information for public health activities, such as preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability; reporting births and deaths; reporting defective medical devices or problems with medications; notifying people of recalls of products they may be using; and notifying a person who may have been exposed to a disease or may be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition.
- Other uses such as: