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.

 

The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requires all health care records and other individually identifiable health information used or disclosed to us in any form, whether electronically, on paper, or orally, to be kept confidential.  This federal law gives you, the patient, significant new rights to understand and control how your health information is used.  HIPAA provides penalties for covered entities that misuse personal health information.  As required by law, we have prepared this explanation of how we are required to maintain the privacy of your health information and how we may use and disclose your health information.


Without specific written authorization, we are permitted to use and disclose your health care records for the purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations.




 

Unless you request otherwise, we may use or disclose health information to a family member, friend, personal representative, or other individual to the extent necessary to help with your health care or with payment for your health care.  In the event of an emergency or your incapacity, we will use our professional judgment in disclosing only the protected health information necessary to facilitate needed care. In addition, we may use your confidential information to remind you of appointments, possible pre-medication needed before dental treatment and also of co-payment due at time of treatment by sending reminder postcards and/or leaving messages at home and/or work.  Your protected health information may also be used by our office to recommend treatment alternatives or to provide you with information about health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you. In addition, we may disclose your health information for public health oversight activities, judicial or administrative proceedings, in response to a subpoena or court order, to military authorities of Armed Forces personnel, to federal officials for lawful intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities, to correctional institutions or law enforcement officials, and/or to report suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence.  Any other uses and disclosures will be made only with your written authorization.  You may revoke such authorization in writing and we are required to honor and abide by that written request, except to the extent that we have already taken actions relying on your authorization.  


You have certain rights in regards to your protected health information, which you may exercise by presenting a written request to our Privacy Officer at the practice address listed below:



We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your protected health information and to provide you with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information.


This notice is effective as of April 14, 2003, and we are required to abide by the terms of the Notice of Privacy Practices currently in effect.  We reserve the right to change the terms of our Notice of Privacy Practices and to make the new notice provisions effective for all protected health information that we maintain.  Revisions to our Notice of Privacy Practices will be posted on the effective date and you may request a written copy of the Revised Notice from this office.


You have the right to file a formal, written complaint with us at the address below, or with the Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Civil Rights, in the event you feel your privacy rights have been violated.  We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.


For more information about our Privacy Practices, please contact: For more information about HIPAA or to file a complaint:









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Arash Niazi, DDS, PLLC

5122 Olympic Dr. NW, Suite B101

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(253)851-5544




The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Office of Civil Rights

200 Independence Avenue S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20201

877-696-6775(toll free)